The Red Bucket Equine Rescue, based in Chino Hills, CA, is taking social distancing in stride by adjusting their annual Ruby Red Gala to a live at home event! On November 14th at 5 pm PST, join Red Bucket Equine Rescue for their Ruby Red Gala @ Home!
Learn more about Red Bucket Equine Rescue, their Ruby Red Gala @ Home, and how you can contribute to their rescue and rehabilitation efforts!
Register for Ruby Red Gala @ Home here!
Join Us for Ruby Red @ Home
While these unprecedented times call for us to be socially distanced, the survival of our lifesaving work is counting on us to stay emotionally connected and ensure that our horses are not forgotten.
We are still reminded daily that unspeakable abuse, neglect, and starvation are a tragic reality. In fact, the needs of the suffering and unwanted increase significantly during times of crisis and adversity.
In keeping with our tradition of breaking bread with you, we invite you to join us and this year move from beyond the tent...into your homes and your hearts.
Together, we can have an impenetrable impact on equine welfare!
How can you Make a Difference?
Become a Sponsor
Sponsor our Ruby Red @ Home event! We’re going virtual...which means, no tickets, no tables, no uber, no childcare, and...no new outfit needed! Our humble ask is for a compassionate gift of sponsorship that will safeguard us during this time of extraordinary hardship.
Support our Amazon Gift Card Drive
Are you a member of a school, club or group? Interested in donating an item for our auction? Better yet, participate in our Amazon Gift Card Drive and our team of personal shoppers will do the rest!
Donate an Auction Item
Do you know anyone who would be interested in donating a unique item? Interested in supporting our lifesaving work while supporting local businesses? We’re graciously accepting in-kind donations for our Ruby Red @ Home event! Our most popular items include...unique equestrian-themed items, fine dining gift cards, sports memorabilia, at-home experiences & gifts, wine, spirits and much more!
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For sponsorship opportunities and more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In July of 2008, Susan Peirce found a starving thoroughbred filly at a run-down and dilapidated stable. Although it was evident that the horse had been beaten and abandoned, the barn manager did not feel obligated to feed her since he wasn’t being paid. Instead, he was planning on calling a meat wagon to pick her up. He felt no responsibility and certainly no empathy for the terrified horse. Unable to turn her back, Susan went to the local feed store and bought 50 pounds of carrots and a “Red Bucket.” It took her 6½ hours to catch the emaciated filly, but once she caught her, she never let go. She named her Harlow and made her a promise of a loving, forever home.
In January of 2009, Susan returned to that same stable where she found nine additional abandoned horses. Again, the barn manager was not feeding them, and they were clearly starving, suffering and in a horrible state of neglect. One horse in particular was endangered. Susan, along with a friend, spent the next 36 hours trying desperately to save her. Unfortunately, she was so sick and emaciated that the emergency vet recommended they offer her the only gift that they could…mercy. They named her Gracie, and that was the defining moment that changed Susan’s life. Looking around at the eight remaining horses that were also suffering, a line was drawn and Red Bucket Equine Rescue was born. Eight more Red Buckets were purchased, and eight additional promises of second chances were made.
Recognizing the desperate plight of our American horses, Red Bucket formed a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and created a compelling mission and a meaningful vision. By May of 2009, our rescue had grown from 9 horses to 71! We had saved 74 horses our first year, 77 horses our second year, and by the end of Red Bucket’s third year, we had saved a total of 96 horses. Red Bucket developed a very strong track record of rehabilitating and training our horses. As our reputation grew, we also began to re-home many of the horses, finding loving and committed forever homes. Adopters came from Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma, in addition to local Southern California communities.
In January of 2012, we were given three months to relocate and find a home for the 65 horses under our care at that time. With the assistance of The Orange County Register and several news broadcasts, we were successful in getting our story out to the public. Thanks to the conviction and support of our donors, and the generosity of the public who wanted to see our good work continue, we were able to raise enough money to put a down payment on a “ranch that the horses own” in Chino Hills, California. The Red Bucket Ranch was a first major step in creating a long-term future for our horses, and the promise of a sustainable model to ensure that our good work would continue, and that many more horses would be provided a second chance.
Red Bucket was founded because we couldn’t turn our backs. We understand that “rescue is only the beginning,” and we have created a model of rescue that significantly increases the probability of success. We are committed to saving and serving slaughter-bound, abused, high-risk and desperate horses. Our dedicated team lovingly cares for the horses as they heal and are assessed, rehabilitated and trained in preparation for their forever homes. Once the horse is carefully matched with an adopter, our Field Support Team partners with the adopter to remove any barriers to success, and facilitates a happy and safe transition. Our program removes obstacles and provides the tools, training and support that help keep the horses happy and safe in their new home.
The amazing transformations of hundreds of shattered horses, and their second chances, are only possible through the generosity of others who wish to help us help the horses. The Red Bucket Team and the horses that they serve are deeply grateful for the donations that make our meaningful work possible.