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Equine Safe Haven

Deming, NM   |  https://equinesafehaven.com/

Mission

1) Promote benefits to the community, traveling visitors, and guests of the Ranch; To teach basic horsemanship, basic carriage driving, leadership/life-skills using Equines, and inclusive of the economically disadvantaged or physically disadvantaged. We use Equines in (2) below: 2) Promote Public awareness and adoption, that certain Equines can still benefit the community. These are Equines that are found in auctions/kill pens, that would be shipped to slaughter in Mexico. These horses are purchased, then rehabilitated, repurposed, or retired into Equine Safe Haven’s program or rehomed to save them from slaughter in Mexico.

Ruling year info

2023

Principal Officer

Katrina Lomax

Co Principal Officer

Kenneth Wendel

Main address

4930 Franklin Rd SE

Deming, NM 88030 USA

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EIN

88-4218548

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Equine Safe Haven promotes education and awareness of why Equines can still serve a purpose in the community, especially those that are heavily trained and sound in body, even after they have been discarded/sold by their previous owners and sentenced to slaughter across the border. These Equines provide a recreational activity that requires no former knowledge or horses, mules or donkeys, and can be enjoyed by all ages. The benefit provided to the community, out of the area visitors, and Ranch guests, offers an outlet to those that would not be able to enjoy the Equine otherwise. This includes those that are economically or physically (or both) disadvantaged, and those that do not have opportunities to interact with Equines in their hometown or urban environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Discovery Drive - horse and carriage

We have a horse and carriage drive for those that visit the Ranch. This is open to those that overnight or during our open ranch days. The visitors are given a 15 to 40 min drive (weather permitting) around the ranch and at times on the street. This introduces them to the history prior to cars, and also gives them awareness of our mission. If they are interested in returning to have lessons on driving they can make arrangements to do so.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Widows and widowers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Eight horses were purchased/saved from slaughter and rehomed across the USA

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All Equines (horses, mules & donkeys) that come to the ranch receive vaccination at least once a year. Whenever possible we give the 2 vaccinations a year, and especially to the older Equines.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are the Equines that were saved from slaughter by purchase. These are all at SaddleHawk Ranch

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Impact greater awareness, via Social media, visitors, & overnight guests are educated on how Equines end up in a holding facility (kill pen) and are then shipped over to Mexico to be slaughtered.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Retired people, Veterans, Nomadic people, Widows and widowers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Equine Safe Haven is established within the meaning of IRS Publication 557 Section 501(c)3 Organization and Public Charity Status of 509(a)(2), of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code and shall be operated exclusively to:

1) Promote benefits to the community, traveling visitors, and guests of the Ranch; To teach basic horsemanship, basic carriage driving, leadership/life-skills using Equines, and inclusive of the economically
disadvantaged or physically disadvantaged. We use Equines in (2) below:

2) Promote Public awareness and adoption, that certain Equines can still benefit the community. These are Equines that are found in auctions/kill pens, that would be shipped to slaughter in Mexico. These horses are purchased, then rehabilitated, repurposed, or retired into Equine Safe Haven’s program or rehomed to save them from slaughter in Mexico.

Equine Safe Haven is located at SaddleHawk Ranch in Deming NM. We are a startup nonprofit in 2023

Equine Safe Haven purchases certain Equines that meet the criteria for it's educational purposes. These purchases are from a "kill pen" and and only those Equines that would be shipping out to slaughter within two weeks. Currently Equine Safe Haven uses 4 Equines in the program. Plans are to extend to 7 Equines by 2024.

Public outreach is through various channels. Guests from all over the country, and world, can book to stay at the SaddleHawk Ranch using various camping, RV and website reservation tools. There they can interact with the Equine Safe Haven animals.

Equine Safe Haven hosts 4 driving clinics, and 4 open houses a year for Public outreach and education. In addition, private sessions are scheduled for those that are disadvantaged.
Currently we have 4 students in the education program.
The plan for 2023/24 is to have the ability to take on education of more than 3 disadvantaged students a month.

Equine Safe Haven has use of limited equipment (tack, harness, cart & buggies) from SaddleHawk Ranch and would be needing to purchase additional equipment in 2023 in order to accommodate the needs of individuals and the horses taken into the program.

In order for the above to become reality, we will need to have the time, resources, and funding to accomplish our goals. We hope that by partnering with the community, other nonprofits, and the use of GuideStar we can see results.

The founding staff has made it possible for the first year of operation. The President is a professional Project Manager and has been the core for the current operational success with procuring excellently trained horses and accommodating over 100 overnight guests that experience the horses and discover driving. All horse health management, medical care, transport documentation etc. are taken care of, and all applications, tax filings, marketing, and funding have been taken care of through her skills and efforts. The Vice President holds a CPA, and is instrumental in accounting support and documentation. He also manages the Ranch where the four Equines are kept in the program. We have two trained Directors that have been volunteering at the Ranch and are in the program since Spring of 2022.

In 2022, before our non profit status was achieved we were able to purchase and care for a total of 34 Equines preventing them from going to slaughter in Mexico. Eight of these were horses that we were able to adopt into new homes, and provide transportation for. Ten of the horses are waiting to go into the Equine Safe Haven program.

We have currently four students (3 adults, and one child) in the economically/physically disadvantaged program. Three started in May of 2022. One will start in March 2023

Equine Safe Haven currently has 4 horses in the program and can support one driving horse full time, and receives partial funding for the three others.

We have successfully hosted 100+ overnight visitors at our Ranch since July of 2022. We have had extremely positive feedback and reviews from these travelers as well as from the community. We had a Ranch Open House on Dec 17, 2022, and a local newspaper, the Deming Headlight, covered the Ranch in a front-page article, that printed Dec 23, 2022!

The 2023/24 plan is to be able to financially take responsibility on all 8 saved-from-slaughter driving horses, their equipment, feed, medical care and maintenance, and continue to provide the community, and guests with education and experiences.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Equine Safe Haven

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Katrina Lomax


Board co-chair

Ken Wendel

Ken Wendel

Joyce Garrison

Jon Brautigan

Cori Ryniker

Jenn Gahres

William Burgos

Kurtis Cochrane

Lynn Gay

Katrina Lomax

Larry McMahan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.