The Tamaya Horse Rehab program may be small, but they are dedicated to helping abandoned horses thrive.
With more than 100,000 horses abandoned in the state annually according to the New Mexico Livestock Board, Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, rescues and rehabilitates horses by providing care, food, and training so they can survive and lead healthy lives.
Between Tuesday, May 29 and Saturday, June 2, Tamaya and Horse Rehab will host a series of events to educate local residents, resort guests and businesses about the plight of New Mexico horses and raise funds to help abandoned and neglected horses throughout the state.
Now in its sixth year, the rehabilitation program has rescued 103 horses since its inception.
The stables at Tamaya is currently home to 52 rescue horses but only has the capacity to add five newly rescued horses annually.
Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Week is a five-day educational and fundraising program that teaches the importance of the rehabilitation process and creating a supportive environment for the animals to recover and thrive. Each day has an individual theme and activities including a golf tournament, youth education and volunteer day at the stables, evening gala, and more.
On Friday, June 1 the Stables at Tamaya will host a community rodeo with all of the proceeds benefitting the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program. Local cowboys and cowgirls will participate in traditional rodeo competitions such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and more. This family-friendly event will feature stick horse races for children and the opportunity for guests to meet and interact with horses in the rehabilitation program. Entrance to the rodeo is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Rounds for Rescue
Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Week will kick-off on Tuesday, May 29 with the “Rounds for Rescues” golf tournament. The shotgun-style tournament will take place at the resort’s acclaimed Twin Warriors Golf Club, and entry is $150 per player.
Youth Volunteer Day
Wednesday, May 30 will be a youth volunteer day. Local junior and high school students will visit the Stables at Tamaya to meet and interact with horses in the rehabilitation program. The students will help groom, feed, and learn how to take care of the horses for the day.
“Adopt”A Horse Day
On Thursday, May 31, local businesses will be invited to take part in “Adopt a Horse” day. For a $50 registration donation, organizations will visit the stables and meet the horses currently in the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program. Attendees will be treated to a catered lunch, followed by an “adoption auction” in which wranglers will introduce each of the horses and talk about their background and history. Businesses will “bid” for the chance to sponsor or symbolically “adopt” a horse through the auction. Each business that adopts a horse will receive a framed photo of the animal as well as frequent updates on the horse and its rehabilitation progress.
Horseshoes and Heels Gala
The week-long fundraiser will conclude on Saturday, June 2 with a VIP Day and luncheon at the Stables at Tamaya in the morning followed by the Horseshoes and Heels Gala in the evening.
Guests who attend the Saturday evening gala will be invited to a VIP Day at the stables enjoying activities including horse lead-around, blacksmith demonstrations and more.
That evening, the resort will host the Horseshoes and Heels Gala, beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal specially prepared by the resort’s culinary team, and a live and silent auction for guests to bid on that evening. After dinner, there will be a live band. Tickets are $125 per person and $900 per table. A discounted room rate of $189.00 is available for guests attending the gala.
“Buy a Child a Ride”
For those who can’t make it to the golf tourney or gala, Tamaya Horse Rehab also offers “Buy a Child a Ride” tickets. For $50, you can purchase a wrangler-led trail ride for a deserving New Mexico child.
To donate silent auction items, purchase golf, gala and “Buy a Child a Ride” tickets, and bid on items when the silent auction goes live, visit https://biddingforgood.com/TamayaHorseRehabWeek. To make reservations for the Community Rodeo, call 505-771-6060. For information on Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Week Major Sponsorships, please call Jolene Mauer at (505) 771-6039.
The program is 100% volunteer driven. They rely on 26 volunteers, many of them giving their time on a daily basis, not only to care for the horses but help the organization move forward.
For more information, visit their website.