Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding: A Year of Standing Ovations

Traditionally, on the last Friday of the year, we look back at the past year of Standing Ovations and encourage readers to make one last gift if they are so inclined.

Nathan waves to his fan club. Photo by Sheila Veatch from the annual TROT horse show, just before Christmas 2017.

As the clock ticks down on the final days of 2018, many non-profits are working hard to wrap up their fundraising for the end of the year. We like to look back at our Standing Ovation column, spotlighting individuals or organizations doing good work in the horse world, at the end of each year.

View the entire Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding column by clicking here. This year, we told stories as often as we focused on individuals or organizations, so not every entity listed is necessarily an organization to which readers might donate.

Horse rescues/placement services

Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoption
CANTER California
Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue
Fluffball Foundation/Forgotten Horses Rescue
Friends of Ferdinand
Gulf Coast Thoroughbred Network
Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue
Horses of Gili
Horses Plus Humane Society
New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show
NYTHA’s Take the Lead
Renaissance Rescue Ranch
Saving Grace Miniature Horse Rescue
Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Skydog Sanctuary
TCA Horses First Fund
Twist of Fate Farm & Sanctuary

One-time events

Appy Fest
Cheers to Chocolate Martini
Connections of Justify
Go Audible
Lee McKeever
Maryland Fund for Horses
Rescue groups helping Maryland horses
Sue Ellen Lovett
The Breeders’ Cup Pledge


American Horse Council
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Animal Wellness Action
CANA Foundation
Let ‘Em Run Foundation
The Brooke
The Livestock Conservancy
Wild Horse Freedom Federation
World Horse Welfare

Psychotherapy organizations

Heroes & Horses
Idaho Horse Therapy’s Re-Boot Camp
Man O’War Project
Mustangs MEND
Saratoga WarHorse
SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary

Urban outreach programs

Ebony Horse Club

Therapeutic riding

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding
Special People United to Ride
The National Ability Center
Therapeutic Riding of Tryon

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.

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