Each week we recognize an organization that is doing good work in the horse world. Today we salute IRHR.
This week’s Standing Ovation honoree:
The International Rescue Horse Registry was nominated by Noelle Maxwell, whose own horse, Some Might Say (“Whiskey”), is registered with the IRHR. “I wrote this because I thought there needed to be more awareness of the fact that there’s a registry for rescue horses,” she explains.
Noelle says she has “sort of always been around rescue horses.” She started riding at age 10 and rides and boards at a farm that officially became a rescue in 2008 but had always taken in horses in need of a home.
Over the last few years, there’s been more awareness of rescue horses and more effort has been made to find these horses a good, loving home. But, did you know there’s now a registry that recognizes these horses and those who save them?
The International Rescue Horse Registry, or IRHR, was formed in 2012 by Anna Schreibl. Anna has been involved in rescue for about four years, and is involved with a local rescue via fundraisers and training clinics. She first became involved with rescue through a friend who was always saving and rehoming neglected horses. Once, her friend brought home a pony who’d been tied to a lawnmower and had to drag it around to graze. The pony ended up with severely deformed limbs but was rescued, survived, and lived out a happy life. After that case, her friend started an official rescue and Anna offered to do dressage clinics as a fundraiser.
Anna formed the IRHR because she wanted to encourage people to consider adopting a rescue. She thought those who adopted rescue horses would love to have a registry where their horse could belong and gain recognition, the registry now accepts horses both in the U.S. and worldwide. The IRHR offers year-end awards for both schooling shows and recognized shows, they also offer three scholarships, and are recognized by the USDF. The end goal is make rescues a more valid choice for horse owners.
To be eligible for registration a horse can be adopted through a rescue, or they can be a personally rescued horse/mercy buy. The IRHR accepts personal rescues/mercy buys because sometimes that’s the only way a horse can be rescued. There are also membership options for rescue organizations, volunteers, and foster homes. Currently just over 100 horses are registered but no one has registered as a volunteer or foster.
The IRHR recognizes a wide variety of riding disciplines along with categories for therapy horses and pasture buddies. They are open to more suggestions for what to recognize, so if you think they’ve missed something, feel free to let them know. Currently they recognize:
- Competitive trail riding
- English pleasure
- Western pleasure
- Team roping
- Western dressage
- Cattle horse events
- Barrel racing
- Showing in-hand/halter
- Therapy horse
- Pasture pal/companion animal
Also, Anna would like everyone to know that the IRHR is not meant to be a big-business registry. All she wants is to break even and give everyone involved in rescue a chance to be recognized. There are so many rescue horses out there and many, if given a chance can be just as good as any other horse.
Rescue success stories:
Go International Rescue Horse Registry, and Go Riding!
Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected]. Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.