Mountain Valley Horse Rescue hosts annual Barn Brunch benefit, July 30 |

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue hosts annual Barn Brunch benefit, July 30

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue's is Sunday in Cordillera
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue |

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What: Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Barn Brunch.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Sunday, July 30.

Where: Judy LaSpada’s residence, Cordillera.

Cost: $50.

More information: To register or make a contribution, contact Meredith Zafian,, or visit

MCCOY — Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s Barn Brunch is not really in a barn, but it’ll help build one.

Judy LaSpada is hosting the benefit at her Cordillera residence to help raise the money needed to care for the horses the organization rescues and to build the facilities they need, said Shana Devins, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue executive director.

At the event, the organization will also honor Joanne Kelley, who lives and works on the ranch as a volunteer, making sure the horses are healthy, safe and well cared for.

“Mountain Valley Horse Rescue simply could not run without Joanne,” Devins said. “Caring for horses, and in particular horses that come to us from less-than-ideal circumstances, requires round-the-clock care. There are many dedicated volunteers who come to us to lend their support, but Joanne stands out as an exceptional advocate and caretaker for these horses.”

About MVHR

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue is a local nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes abused and neglected horses.

It moved to its new home last August on 115 acres along the Colorado River, outside of McCoy, thanks to a $1 million gift from the Shaw Family Foundation, as well as gifts from Dick and Marci Woodrow and many others.

Right now, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue’s ranch is home to more than 20 horses, and each requires more than $6,000 per year to meet its basic needs.

The 115-acre ranch sits on both sides of the Colorado River Road. It’s surrounded by Bureau of Land Management land and looks like the set of a Western movie. You sort of expect to look around and see John Wayne sitting horseback on a hillside, eyeing the scenery.

They had been at a place south of Eagle for years, but had never made any secret that they wanted a place of their own. They were so excited that they ordered fencing two weeks before closing on the McCoy site.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue has been quietly running a capital campaign since spring 2014.

That “Yee-haw” you heard was the joyful noise of them busting out of the silent phase after landing a $1 million grant from the Shaw Family Foundation.

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue was founded in 2004 and has helped more than 100 rescue horses find forever homes with loving owners. They take in horses from around Colorado, but primarily serve the Central Rockies region.

It’s accepted Western wisdom that the best thing for the inside of a kid is the outside of a horse. Mountain Valley Horse Rescue offers learning and service programs for more than 1,000 youth annually.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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