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2015 In Review


Well, hello 2016!
This holiday season we sat down to reflect upon 2015, and what a year we’ve had! Towards the end of January, we sent one of our oldest and greatest mares, our angel Miss Akira, to a well-deserved future in the Great Herd. Not a month later we saved a pregnant mare from slaughter just in the nick of time. March and April brought two new Thoroughbreds to our ranks – a skittish four-year-old gelding who had not even made it to the starting gates and a two-year-old filly with neurological issues in her hind legs, rendering her unridable. Then, in mid-May, Tierra Madre witnessed its first beginning when our pregnant mare, who we named Rain, gave birth to a beautiful filly: Sunny.
We made it through the brutal summer thanks to lots of water, the misters in each of the horses’ stalls, and a whole lot of determination from our volunteers. We dealt with the usual abscesses, minor sicknesses here and there, and – in one gelding’s case – a nasty case of summer sores. We began bi-monthly volunteer orientations and met some wonderful people along the way. To make things more exciting during the summer, we began brainstorming for a documentary and started our Equine Experience program, where individuals can come to explore the synergy of healing that exists between horses and humans.
Then in August came our most successful fundraiser to date: Our very first benefit dinner and silent auction. We raised nearly $9,000 for our horses – an enormous accomplishment that we hope to repeat in 2016. (Be on the lookout on our Facebook page for when we announce the date!) And we didn’t stop there. We had a Fall Festival at the end of October and a canned food drive for the Foothills Food Bank through November. We marched in the Wild West Days Parade in Cave Creek and represented Tierra Madre at the Homes for Horses Coalition annual conference in Texas.
And through it all, we’ve had so many wonderful times with each and every one of our horses. There have been little miracles here and there and lots of laughter in between. Each one of our herd has spent this year galloping with joy in our arena and eating the best hay available and receiving the best medical care in the Valley when needed. They have been smothered with hugs and kisses and have eaten their weight in apples and carrots. They have known from the bottom of their hearts that they are loved and cherished.
All of this is because of people like you. Trainers. Vets. Farriers. Corporations and family-owned businesses. Big-hearted individuals from all walks of life. Grant writers. Event planners. Our weekly and monthly volunteers.
People who have seen us through thick and thin. People who show up in 100-degree weather to scrub buckets. People who send us a check whenever they can because they know we will use it to buy hay. People who drop off carrots and pause to kiss a few noses before going back to their busy days. People who donate supplies, their talents, and their time.
And I am here to tell each of you that we are only functioning because of you.
On behalf of all of us here at Tierra Madre, both the two-legged and four, I want to thank you for your incredible support throughout 2015. Thanks to you, we are able to continue our mission of saving the horses with nowhere else to go and making them happy. Thanks to you, our horses are home.
Keep an eye out later this month for our first ever annual expenditure report for this past year. We believe in 100% transparency here at Tierra Madre and we want to make sure each of you knows where your donations go. In the meantime, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook if you haven’t already to follow along as we post pictures and updates on our herd.
Happy New Year, and here’s to another wonderful, productive, life-changing year!
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director

Revised 2015 New Volunteer Orientations


The rest of the new volunteer orientation dates for 2015 are as follows:
Saturday, October 24th, 9am – 11am
Monday, November 9th, 9am – 11am
Saturday, November 28th, 9am – 11am
Monday, December 14th, 9am – 11am
Saturday, December 26th, 9am – 11am
Originally, new volunteer orientation dates were on the last Saturday of every month with the understanding that potential new volunteers who couldn’t make an official orientation could work with our volunteer coordinator to schedule an alternative date. We are now additionally offering new volunteer orientations on the second Monday of every month for a total of two a month. These are now the only new volunteer orientations offered each month. Please note that “shadowing” or simply observing a day in the life at Tierra Madre is not a volunteer orientation.
To join our volunteer family, please call us today at 480-469-9166 or shoot us an email so we can get you down for the orientation most convenient for you. We look forward to meeting you!

Birthday Fundraiser


Did you know horse ranches can have birthdays? Well this September we are turning ELEVEN! That’s right, Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary has been in operation for 11 years.
In those 11 years, Tierra Madre has given health, happiness, and hope to over 50 horses. Horses that were abused or neglected or injured or abandoned found a forever home within our gates.
Thanks to you, today we are able to continue our mission for 33 of the most incredible horses Mother Earth has ever seen.
Help us celebrate our 11th birthday by giving our horses what they like best: HAY! For our herd, we want to buy not one but TWO squeezes of alfalfa.
One squeeze of alfalfa (roughly 80 bales) is just shy of $1200. Two squeezes will total $2400. And because it is our birthday, after all, we want to spend another $100 on treats, apples, and carrots for our 33 kids.
So our birthday goal? $2500.
In honor of our 11th birthday, will you contribute $11 today toward our goal?
Remember, all donations to our 501(c)(3) organization are tax-deductible. Click here to donate: Under “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund,” you will see the option “11th Birthday Hay Fund.”
Now here’s the best part…. If you donate $11 today, we will enter you in a raffle drawing to win a painting done by one of our horses! (Winner gets to choose the horse that paints it and the colors.)
The winner will be chosen on October 1st and announced here on Facebook during the afternoon. The more you donate, the more entries you will get!
From all of us at here at Tierra Madre, thank you for 11 amazing years of support!
Love the two-leggeds AND Solo & Suze & Bentley & Kiss & the Min & M’Stor & River & Studley & Chance & Sweet Boy & Sedona & Nibzie & Rusty & Hollywood & Cadence & Guess & Bella & Hudson & Heighten & Jani & Buddy & the Iron Man & Slayer & Bourbon & Spencer & Wild Bill & Jazz & Chiquita & Sonora & Danny & Chianti & Rain & Sunny.

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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