Since January of this year, officials with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office rescued six abused horses, all of which were severely neglected and displaying either serious injuries or malnourishment. Some of the animals required surgery. A recent grant from the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund at Community Foundation of North Texas is now helping to offset costs associated with providing medical treatment.
One of the animals seized in Parker County, a quarter horse named Ringo, was found in the road of FM 730 in Azle on Oct. 13. Believed to be about 10 years old, he was found with two other horses. A cut on Ringo’s right back leg is thought to have been sustained by a fence accident and left without medical attention or treatment for at least two months.
After receiving surgery from a local veterinarian, Ringo is currently undergoing laser therapy several times a week in an attempt to stimulate flesh growth around the injury. The animal will likely need several additional months of care. The grant from the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Equine Rescue Fund will help offset these costs for veterinarian services. Officials point out that such awards often help save abused and neglected animals from the potential threat of euthanizaiton.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office Equine Rescue Fund was one of eight nonprofits in Tarrant and Parker Counties receiving a total of $105,000 in grants this year. Established in 2013, the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund is an endowment with a specific area of interest in honor of its namesake.
After attaining professional success in the male-dominated realm of computer systems engineering, Mrs. Martin’s personal interest in genetics fueld her second career in Arabian horse breeding. Her enterprise, Greystone Arabians, became one of the premier Arabian breeding and show horse ranches in the U.S.
Based on her professional background and personal interests, Mrs. Martin’s family recommended awarding grants to agencies in North Texas that provide services in support of land conservation, equine therapy and equine walfare. Staff at the Community Foundation then researched and identified giving opportunities that reflected the best match and the wisest use of funds.
Three organizations with a focus on land conservation received funds, including Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Great Plains Restoration Council and Texas Land Conservancy. Funds were also allocated to establish a Land Acquisition Fund that will support future conservation opportunities. Entities with equine programs chosen to receive grants include Freedom Horse, YMCA Camp Carter, Happy Hill Farm and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Equine Rescue Fund.
The Community Foundation welcomes an opportunity to help donors learn more about North Texas nonprofits such as these. In many cases, we can facilitate a site visit. Donors are invited to contact Vicki Andrews at 817-877-0702.