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Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary celebrates ASPCA Help-A-Horse Day


CAVE CREEK – Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help-A-Horse Day on Saturday, April 23 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to make the best forever home for horses who literally have nowhere else to go.  

In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

“‘Tierra Madre’ is Spanish for Mother Earth,” said Alexis Roeckner, Ranch Director. “And, here within our gates, we strive every day to live up to our name. We are not just a sanctuary for horses, but for any other critter that wanders within our gates (including humans). On April 23, Tierra Madre will be hosting an Earth Day bash like no other. The theme is ‘Earth Day as seen through the eyes of a horse’. We will be opening up the ranch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in hopes the local community will come out for some fun and games while helping us to win up to $25,000 in grant funding from the ASPCA.” Roeckner also added, “We will be celebrating Sunny’s first birthday. Last year, we gave a ‘baby’ shower for Sunny’s mother Rain, a mustang who was saved from slaughter at the very last minute. It’s going to be an awesome day.”

Admission to the event is free. Activities will include horse rides, guided nature walks, arts and crafts, a recycling and composting game, and painting with the horses.

The Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is located at 27115 N. 45th St., in Cave Creek. For more information, see