Art to the Rescue

Art to the Rescue benefits one of the state’s largest and most loved horse rescue organizations, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope. A 501c3 non profit organization committed to saving slaughter-bound horses and providing opportunities for special needs youth in Colorado, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope was started just four years ago by a very special little girl named Bella, her mom Jean and horse woman Jacqui Avis, after Bella had a life changing experience with very special rescue horse named Drifter.

In just four short years, this organization has saved more than 320 horses from slaughter. Most of the horses saved by the rescue are purchased at livestock auctions where they are sold by the pound. The vast majority of horses at these livestock auctions are bought by “kill buyers” to be trucked out of the country so they can be slaughtered and sold as horse meat, for both human and animal consumption. Through the use of an army of volunteers and an expert horse trainer, the horse rescue is able to rehabilitate, train and, ultimately through sophisticated marketing efforts, re-home these horses with buyers who are vetted to ensure they will give the animals the care they deserve.

In addition to benefiting horses, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope also provides young people with disabilities an opportunity to support the rescue and horses by making heart-shaped horse cookies that are sold in area feed stores. These young people also attend special events throughout the year at the King of Hearts Ranch where Drifter’s Hearts of Hope is located. At the ranch they are able to interact with, and learn about the rescue’s many horses.

Art to the Rescue, a landscape and equine-themed art exhibition and sale benefitting Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, kicks off with a gala on September 7th, 2018, at the PACE Center. Featured artists come from across the country and will include Carl Bretzke, Sophy Brown, Andy Evansen, Ernie Gallegos, Terry Gardner, Stephanie Hartshorn, Quang Ho, Amy Laugesen, Billyo O’Donnell, Karen Roehl, Jill Soukup, Wayne Salge, Kate Starling, and John Taft.

The exhibition, curated by Rose Fredrick, curator of the Coors Western Art Show & Sale, goes much deeper than simply exploring a theme. “I grew up riding and have always revered horses for their grace and athleticism, so I am thrilled to pull together a show that will benefit horse rescue,” Fredrick said. “In fact, all of these artists were happy to make time in their schedules for this terrific cause.”

Tickets for the Art to the Rescue Gala can be purchased at and include admission to the event, a catered buffet dinner and open bar. An evening filled with nationally and internationally recognized artists and their work, a lovely dinner and an amazing cause.

What other reason could you possibly need for an unforgettable evening?

Art to the Rescue benefiting Drifter’s Hearts of Hope
Friday, September 7th
For tickets, go to
For more details on the event, visit
To learn about the rescue’s work with both slaughter-bound horses and young people like Bella, visit

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