Running a horse rescue, manning two thrift stores (Princeton branch now closed) and organizing the two day flea market held this past weekend at the arena has kept Gena Sandli and Dale Christie of Outbackjacks Horse Rescue crazy busy as of late, to say the least.
The two day flea market included 120 tables manned with vendors from all over B.C.; musicians, Sean “Blues Puppy” Riquelme out of Vancouver, Terry Banks and local Alan Parsons, a visit from the ladies of Critter Aid and a feature display/demo by Chainsaw Mountain Carvings out of Penticton.
Outbackjacks hosted this two day event as a fundraiser for the horse rescue. “We need help,” said Sandli.
The proceeds made from the flea market were enough to supply the rescue with a months worth of hay.
As of Saturday, the rescue had one horse adopting out, another arriving within three days and “16 more are in waiting for rescue,” said Sandli.
Sandli and Christie explained that the majority of rescues are due to the fact that people take on the responsibility of ownership and then find that it is just not affordable for them.
The couple are currently involved in three cases involving herds of 60 plus horses.
Recently, Outbackjacks had to close the Princeton branch of their thrift store. “We just cant pay the rent prices in Princeton,” said Sandli, “they are just too high.”
The Keremeos branch of Outbackjacks is still open and will host future flea markets.
Outbackjacks will continue it’s thrift market in Princeton, however it will be run from the rescue property. Donations are still accepted for the thrift store, just give Outbackjacks a call at 250-295-0775 to make arrangements.
With the loss of the Princeton thrift store, Outbackjacks could really use some help with supplies for the rescue horses.
Wormers and dusting powder are a big must for the horses coming in to the rescue. Other medical and food items that would benefit the horses are; syringes’ of all sizes, Penicillin-topical and three day, bandages, Step 1, Equi -cal and Cool crunch cookies.
Princeton Farm Centre accepts and fills donation orders for Outbackjacks. Feel free to give Kathy a call to place your donation order. (Food/Medical supplies) 250-295-0255.
When necessary, care for the rescued horses includes the costs of veterinarian and farrier care on top of the food and medical supply costs. Any assistance provided to the rescue would be greatly appreciated.
Outbackjacks is a private, non-profit rescue, approved by and an agent of The Horse Protection Society of BC.
For more information please visit www.outbackjacks.ca