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Rising Starr Horse Rescue

About Us

Our Story

When Kelly Stackpole decided to open her barn to teach noncompetitive horse lessons in 2005, her goal was to bring her passion and love for these incredible animals to others and guide them toward finding a similar love and connection to horses. She did not expect, while looking for horses to fill her barn, to discover that young, sound and healthy horses as well as older horses were being disregarded and often sent off to slaughter. As soon as she became aware that any of the animals beloved to her were not treated in a humane way, she found another mission, and Rising Starr Horse Rescue was born. Rising Starr relies on a group of talented and specialized veterinarians,?staff,?and volunteers who work together to approach each?horse’s rehabilitation. This team of dedicated individuals ensures that every horse?becomes healthy, happy, and confident before moving on to its new home.

Beyond restoring comfort and care to these horses, our purpose at Rising Starr is to inform others about the cruelty of horse slaughter while?providing guidance on how to?decrease the number of unwanted horses in the United States. Education is our second name. Our outreach programs are at the core of our programs.
Every member of?our program treats all of our horses with the love and respect they deserve - it's their?passion. Our volunteers include many teens and children, as we hope that by raising children that are thoughtful and caring about the treatment of horses, we will have the biggest impact on the future of America's horses.