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Join Us at Our Fall Festival!


When we say, “Fun for the whole family,” we mean it! Bring your youngsters out on Halloween morning for hay rides, horse rides, pumpkin decorating and other fun crafts, pie throwing, games, delicious food, and so much more! Be sure to wear an awesome costume for our costume contests throughout the day.
Who: Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary
What: Our first fall festival!
When: Saturday, October 31st (Halloween) from 9am to 2pm.
Where: At Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary: 27115 N. 45th Street | Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Why: For loads of fun and to benefit 33 previously abused, neglected, injured, or unwanted horses
Entry is free and food and activities cost tickets which can be purchased at the entry. 100% of the proceeds go directly to our herd’s hay, medical care, supplements, and (of course) apples and carrots!
For questions, concerns, or directions, please contact ranch director Alexis Roeckner at or between the hours of 7:30am and 11am at 480-469-9166. To learn more about Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, please visit us at
See you there!

September and October Orientations


A heads up to our potential new volunteers: Our new volunteer orientation days are going to be different for the months of September and October. Normally they are held on the last Saturday of every month. September’s will be held on Saturday the 19th and October’s will be held on Saturday the 24th. This is due to September’s conference in Texas and our Fall Festival on Halloween this year.
Thank you for your understanding!
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director

Our First Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction


At our first annual benefit dinner and silent auction this past Saturday, we raised just over $8,700 for our horses!
So many wonderful people attended the event and we all had a great evening of good food, laughter, speeches, a clip of our documentary, live entertainment, country music, bidding on awesome baskets and items, catching up, and celebrating the lives of 33 horses that make our world go round.
Many thanks to the Carefree Resort and Conference Center for setting up our room for the evening and working with us tirelessly to plan the perfect event. The service we received during setup and during the evening was simply out of this world. Everything was done with a smile and all the small things that needed to be done magically took care of themselves before I even thought to ask. They were all simply wonderful.
A huge thanks also goes to Lanae from Designs by Lanae for jumping in last minute and creating our programs and bidding numbers, helping with the centerpieces, making food identifiers and table numbers, and bringing her own western props and flowers to make our room come alive! All the small details really made a difference.
Additionally, huge props to Alec from Target Training International for bringing and running our AV equipment for the evening! I must have run back and forth asking for my mic to be turned on a thousand times during the benefit and he didn’t complain once.
Lastly, many many many MANY thank yous go to the incredible volunteers who arrived early and stayed late to help set up and clean up. Additionally, these volunteers helped with the check in/check out processes and during the auction! Everywhere I turned, I heard: “What else can I do?” I was blown away by how amazing they were and are.
All of this just goes to show it is absolutely astounding what we can do when we’re all on the same team. 33 horses in the middle of the Sonoran Desert brought people of all walks of life together, and for that alone, I know we will all love them forever.
Thank you to those who attended, and I hope you are already looking forward to next year!
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director

2015 New Volunteer Orientation Days

Starting at the end of this month, Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary will begin holding new volunteer orientations one day a month. They will take place on the last Saturday of every month from 9am to 11am.
Each orientation will include a tour, a review of policies and procedures, a brief horsemanship 101 lesson, tips on working with our sanctuary animals, and lots of fun. We look forward to each of these days as we welcome new members to our family!
2015 new volunteer orientation days:
– Saturday, June 27th
– Saturday, July 25th
– Saturday, August 29th
– Saturday, September 26th
– Saturday, October 24th
– Saturday, December 5th (Open Ranch on November 28th)
– Saturday, December 26th

Save the Date!

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To download a PDF of this flyer, click here: Benefit Flyer
See you there!

Baby on tha move!

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Meet Sunny!!!


For those of you who havent seen all the posts on our facebook yet, Rain had her baby!!
She was born last night at 9:20pm and is perfectly healthy. It took her a while to stand up and figure out the whole nursing thing, but by the next morning, shes a pro!
She has been running and bucking around in her stall and nursing like a big girl(;

For those that would like to meet Sunny, we are going to have visiting hours for her between 10 am and 11 am THIS SATURDAY the 16th. By this time we think she will be ready to venture outside her stall with her momma and she’ll have a clean bill of health from our vets.
She will be turned out tomorrow morning with mama for the first time (and yes, pictures/videos WILL be posted!) and we will begin halter and lead training as well.
More baby updates coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy some baby pictures(:





With love,
Ranch Manager

Update on Rain and Visiting Hours Reminder


No baby yet! Rain is still putting the final touches on him or her. This has been such a wonderful time of happy anticipation for all of us here at the ranch, and we’re so glad you are all following along on this journey with us. I think I speak for everyone when I say we feel the love!
We at Tierra Madre also wanted to take the opportunity to give a friendly reminder about our visiting hours:
After Rain’s baby is born, we will have designated dates and times for visitors to stop by and see him or her which we will put on both Facebook and our website. (Please note that due to the medical care we will need to give to the little one, these designated dates and times will occur after the first week of the baby’s life.) We plan on having a big “Welcome to the World” event in June – details will come after baby gets here! Expect good food, news teams, fun games, and lots of time to watch mama and baby run around in the arena!
We respectfully ask for visitors to please not show up at our gates without an appointment. With new visitors, we must review our policies in addition to having them sign waivers along with a few other formalities. We have limited staff and volunteers, so when we’re not expecting visitors, this takes away valuable time we need to feed, administer medical care, exercise horses, clean stalls, and scrub waters.
That said, we gladly welcome visitors with appointments 365 days a year, 7:30am to 11am. When you set an appointment with us, we build our entire day around you! We can’t wait to have you join us for a morning that works best for your schedule and ours. To set up an appointment with us, please call us at 480.469.9166 during our office hours of 11am – 3pm, Monday through Friday.
Thank you all very much for your cooperation and understanding!
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director



Literary Contest Winners


Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is thrilled to announce the winners of the literary contest! The following entries were a joy to read and truly captured many answers to the question, “How have horses helped me on my life journey?”

This summer, the following entries will be published by Sealofters Press, Inc. in a book that we hope to sell as a fundraiser for our horses. I know our readers will enjoy reading these stories as much as we did.

Congratulations to the following winners:

“Run For Your Life” by Suzanne Moore

“Mountains Will Move” by Bobby Fedora

“A Little White Horse” by Jane Cramton

“My Fate at the Rancho Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary” by Noel Sitton

“The Most Peaceful Moment” by Narina Simmons

“You Pick Up A Few Things” by Leah Eauslin

“Shaped From Stone” by Anonymous

“A Complicated Journey” by Keri Krause

Well done, all, and thank you for your hard work!

Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director
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