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Rising Starr Horse Rescue

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/30/2017



Chief Staff Officer:  KELLY STACKPOLE

Employees:   Full-Time:  0  Part-Time:  0  Volunteers:  22

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. All our hands on horse volunteers have mentors at all times. New volunteers are evaluated over 5 hours before given a job. All minors and beginner volunteers are shadowed by a knowledgeable and nurturing mentor. Rising Starr is a team effort. All ground and mounted work with our rescues is done with a insured trainer. All our members are trained in the same way to make for a safe and consistent atmosphere. Some of our volunteers are strictly horse hands off but are committed to saving horses from slaughter

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  8

Number of Board Members:  6  Number of Voting Board Members:  6

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member. Kelly Stackpole President, and Megan Robertson board member, are sisters who share the love of horses.

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Additional Comments:
No board member or any volunteers are ever compensated in any way. RSHR is a volunteer only organization. No employees. No salaries.


1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Voluneer Programs -

Head of the herd: Must be comfortable handling horses, lunging, grooming, feeding. You will continue to grow your skills and mentor less educated that want to learn about proper lifetime equine care and management.

Yearling: Needs the guidance from Head of the herd

Foal: Needs to be shadowed by the Head of the Herd at all times.

Providing any community member education and information n the reality and responsibilities of horse ownership.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. 

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No


1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     At this time RSHR only has one stall in which it can safely quarantine new arrivals. All horses are rescued from a kill pen. All horses training plan will be made up accordingly after proper health, vet, dental and blacksmith ok any work. We do not discriminate breed,age or discipline. All horses are handled with patience.
After horses are passed by vet for training:

1) ground work(some rescues may never be fit for mounted activity, they will be worked on the ground) leading, loading,
2) Mounted work will be determined by the horse, some will excel at trails some western some english.
3) once horse is fit and found to be rideable or unrideable and can be advertised with a good knowledge of said horse he or she will be placed for adoption.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     RSHR through donations purchases horses directly from kill pens awaiting pick up from slaughter trucks.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     We are just ready to put our first horse up for adoption/foster.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     Since our rescues come from the kill pen all horses are considered ill. Coggins, cbc/chemistry lyme titer, fecal and health exam test are done asap. Horses that can ship will come to us for a 4 week quarantine. Horses to sick to travel will quarantine at a close by facility till they are able to safely travel in a box stall to our Redding, CT home. All horses get Rabies, EWT/Flu Rhino, Potomac and Westnile. ,

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     All horses are vaccinated twice yearly, see above. fecals done twice yearly as well as spring Ivermectin, July Panacure, fall Ivermectin.
Blacksmith is out every 5 weeks. Winter 6 weeks. dental 2 times a year. We also do yearly blood screening and when horses are first brought in we DNA test. We test for HYPP. We work closely with New England Equine practice and Trumbull Animal Hospital.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     We will euthanize sick or unplaceable horses before allowing them to return to slaughter.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     No BREEDING. All Stallions will be castrated as soon as possible.

Mares and foals would be kept together for 6 months.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: 
     foster homes are selected by proximity, safety. the first 4 weeks Horses are checked on every week by a member of Rising Starr, then the next 5 months horses horses are checked on every 2 weeks. After 6 months horses are checked on every month.

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Over $1,500

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine level of training.
  Adoption fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization approves of this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:


This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1


Location 1 of 1
Moonlight Farm

39 picketts ridge rd redding CT 06896

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Kelly Stackpole

2. Contact's Phone: 203 257 8345

3. Contact's Email: kellystackpole@hotmail.com

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Use

5. If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility: Kelly Stackpole
39 picketts Ridge Rd
Redding, CT 06896

6. If your organization does not own this facility, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

7. If your organization does not own this facility, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     May 2015 is the start date. Moonlight Farm has agreed to give free of rent the use of its ring, fields and back barn for 10 years. May 2025. RSHR has a 5 year clause, at that time we hope to have a 5 year plan in place. at this time we plan to renew and stay at Moonlight Till may 2025

8. If your organization leases or uses a part of this facility, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated.. 
     No compensation. RSHR pays for its own supplies, feed, shavings, vet blacksmith. Moonlight Farm allows the free use of facilities.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? No

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 1.

2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 3

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. 5 stall barn 1 80 x 120 sand outdoor ring 2 turnouts approx 200 x 200 dirt 1 grass field approx 1.5 acres fencing is ramm flex fence 3 rail 4 feet high and electric tape

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     ring is used as a Wet turnout when its to wet to use the 3 turnouts. 2 of the turnouts have direct access to 12 x 12 stalls. so 2 of the three horses have night time access. We clean turnouts daily and remove all manure from the land via dumpster.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 8

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     We have a daily groomed riding ring that has drainage in 1 foot of item25, 6 inches of compacted stone dust and 2.5 inches of sand. we also have access to a 5 acre field across the street and trails.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     We currently do not have a trailer but access to many. We are lucky to have many commercial haulers in our area, WJ Barry, NYCONN and Beacon Hill.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Each horse is assigned a color, blankets, buckets, halters lead ropes brushes saddle pads are all color coordinated. All bridles and girths are plated with a brass name plate. certain saddle fit certain horses. that is determined with each individual horse and condition. All horses are checked for fit every 2 to 3 months as body changes with proper care and training.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     We have 2 boards in our large tack room with feeding, riding, blanketing. We have a am and pm daily list of to do.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Not sure what you are asking. If we have a horse thats been stall bound for a injury for 3 months..we will start with hand walks, saddle walks before turnout...this is a very individualized question determined on the injury and mental situation of the individual horse. We change with the need of each horse. Every horse has a stall.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     All new Horses are feed second cutting grass hay. All horses are feed pickling salt. triple crown low starch and soaked unsweetened beet pulp. with so any metabolic issues we wait to individualize till our blood work is returned from the vet. if a horse has good feet no farriers formula is used, if a horse needs growth and blood work is ok they will go on farriers formula. Again this is hard to answer in stone as many horses may need different things. All horses get rice bran oil as well. some get MSM, vit.E. supplements are as needed

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     We strive for 5!

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     I have been a vet tech and trainer for 32 years. Dr.Bill Bradley has been my equine vet since I was 7. Dr.Robertson has been our secondary vet for 18 years. all manure is removed daily to a dumpster at the edge of the property and removed as needed. We have been using fly predators for 6 years. Fly spray, turn out mask and riding fly mask are used. Full fly sheets as needed. all horse are fecal tested 2 times a year or as needed for new horses. ivermectin spring/fall panacur in July. Horses that are euthanized are via vet taken off property for proper disposal. We have a quarantine area, when horses are in the quarantine part of the barn bleach bath is used for shoes and proper procedures are followed to keep healthy horse healthy. No care giver may interact with the healthy population until properly changed and clean.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     We have fire extinguishers, STRICT no smoking. Nothing other than the electric fence is EVEr left plugged in. The barn is in a high no flood zone. We are a generator backed up barn.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     We have 24 hour care. motion sensor lights. one of our cottages is 20 feet from the barn.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Connecticut Department of Agriculture's Animal Control Division Phone: 1-860-713-2506 Email: AnimalControl@ct.gov Website: http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=1367&q=259098

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Redding Animal Control Address: 96 Hill Rd, West Redding, CT 06896 Phone: (203) 938-2525

Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/30/2017

Veterinarian: Bill Bradley

Clinic Name: New England Equine    Street: Address: 2933 NY-22,    City: Patterson  State: NY    Zip: 12563

Phone: 845 878 7500    Email: CDwyer@neequine.com

Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: KELLY STACKPOLE

3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 1.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 1

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 5

2016 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:Our first rescue horse arrived in Sept 2016, he was very sick and quarantined near kill pen. We did not have a horse in Jan 2016..so none..It ask for a number..we did not have a rescue.

*Missing 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

1 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            1 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.

2016 Horse Care Costs

$556     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$450     Bedding.

$450     Veterinarian.

$300     Farrier.

$120     Dentist.

$100     Manure Removal.

$150     Medications & Supplements.

$300     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$0     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$2150     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$4576.00     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

120     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

Average cost per day per horse: $38
Question 3 ($4,576 ) divided by Question 4 (120).

Average length of stay for an equine: 120 days
Question 4 (120) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (1).

4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time

      4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time

      2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time

      3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time

      4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time

      5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time

      6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes

      7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses?

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? Most of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time

Program Use of Horses for Special Needs at this Facility Not Applicable.

V. Instructors/Trainers

     1. *Instructor: KELLY STACKPOLE

         *Facility Participation:

         Moonlight Farm

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Kelly Stackpole has 32 years training horses and riders to national levels.