January 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The Horse Shelter Annual Dinner at Martin’s Restaurant Launches the ‘Gimme Shelter Challenge’

'...the “Gimme Shelter Challenge” encourages local trainers to draw straws for one of a group of pre-selected horses, take that horse home and work with that horse for 100 days.'

By Susie Morgan

Hoof Prints in Santa Fe

Susie Morgan is a lifetime lover of horses, the outdoors and lives for adventures. She lives in Las Campanas, and is reconnecting with horses after working 27 years in New York City.

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Monday, January 20, was the evening of the annual THS dinner at Martin’s Restaurant. This is always a sold out event with Chef Martin providing incredible food courses and wonderful wine pairings. This year was no exception.

The meal started with Dungeness Crab Salad, donated by Above Sea Level, with Anjou pear, Greek yogurt, Texas grapefruit and paired with Silverado Vineyard’s Chardonnay. All the wines were provided by National Distributing. The second course featured maple leaf duck breast with ginger-quince chutney, sweet potato puree with a Steel Pinot Noir wine, and the food and wine went on and on.

This dinner is The Horse Shelters’ second biggest fund-raiser of the year, raising about $33,000. At this time, the Shelter houses 80 horses up from about 35 just 5 years ago. Finding ways to match appropriate homes with these horses is a top priority.

At dinner this year, a new competitive event was introduced. Similar to “The Road to the Horse,” the “Gimme Shelter Challenge” encourages local trainers to draw straws for one of a group of pre-selected horses, take that horse home and work with that horse for 100 days. Each trainer is given $1000 to feed the horse during the training period. The goal is to bring the horse as far along in training as possible.

In July, the trainers will showcase their horses on National Day of the Cowboy at Clint Mortensen’s. Each horse will be judged on proficiency to stand quietly to be saddled, load and unload from a trailer, and the ability to perform a walk, jog, and lope on command. The most accomplished horses will win top honors for that trainer. Concluding the judging, these horses will be available for adoption. The date for National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clint Mortensen’s.

If you are interested in participating in the “Gimme Shelter Challenge,” contact The Horse Shelter for more details and the date for horse selection. If you are interested in attending next year’s Martin’s THS Dinner, be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, January 19, 2015. Tickets for dinner will be available on the THS website near the end of the year.

For more information:

The Horse Shelter - http://www.thehorseshelter.org/ 505-471-6179.

Clint Mortensen’s Silver and Saddle Shop - http://www.silverandsaddles.com/ 505-424-9330

Martin’s Restaurant - http://restaurantmartin.com/ 526 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, 505-820-0919

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