We are thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of participating rescues in this year’s Trainers Challenge! Meet the rescues: Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. Hooved Animal Humane Society, Hooved Companion Project, The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and Holyland Donkey Haven Inc. We hope that this event will shed light on the incredible talent and potential of rescue horses and that people will support these rescues (through adoptions or donations) who play such a critical role in their journey to a new life!



Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation:  The Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to providing qualified homes for any horse in need. It is our goal to make certain that every horse placed in our care is provided with all the necessary ingredients for a safe and happy life, and that it is also protected from those who would do it harm.

Each horse placed in our care will receive our full efforts to ensure that it never ends up in the auction ring or on the slaughterhouse floor. We promise to do our best to provide only the best homes with dedicated families for every animal we place.

Hooved Animal Humane Society: The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1971 by concerned and committed citizens. It is HAHS’ mission to promote the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation, investigation and if necessary, legal intervention (impoundment). In addition, we provide physical rehabilitation to animals that have endured severe neglect and abuse and then adopt them out to loving forever homes.

Hooved Companion Project: Hooved Companion Project is a 501c3 equine rescue and rehabilitation program located in Hebron, Illinois. Founded in 2016, the mission of HCP is to save displaced horses and to offer them the chance to become safe and loving companions. Since its founding HCP has been involved with the acquisition, support or placement of over 40 horses. In 2018, HCP partnered with Western Venture Farms, Waukesha, WI as a foster to handle feral cases like Bayou Belle. HCP seeks to find the best place placements for horses in need that best fit their overall behavior, physical and training needs.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa: Our mission statement: To promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa’s largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The Animal Rescue League is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals. The link to the information about the barn program:

Holy Land Donkey Haven, Inc: 100% volunteer operated, nonprofit donkey rescue and sanctuary located in Mt. Calvary, WI.  Holyland takes in unwanted, abused, and neglected donkeys. ​At Holyland, our mission is to educate all people, adults and children alike, on the proper care and maintenance of these wonderful and loving animals.  We are a no-kill shelter, unless medical reasons dictate that humane euthanasia is the kindest alternative. Donkeys are surrendered when their owners can no longer care for them. The reasons for surrender include: moving, sickness, neglect abuse, death of caretaker or the are simply no longer wanted. All donkeys cared for by Holyland are screened for illness, have been assessed for the skills they may have, and are given adequate time to acclimate to their new environment before they join the large herd.  All donkeys are taught or refreshed on the basic skills needed to keep them in optimal health, including: lifting their hooves for the farrier, leading and trailering.  ​When deemed ready, Donkeys are adopted to loving forever homes.  Depending on the circumstances, some of the Donkeys become permanent residents of the Holyland sanctuary, made possible by generous donations and public support.