2022 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Award Recipients

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2022 Honorable Mention

Official Name: Santino
Birth Year: 1999 Gender: Gelding. Breed: Zangershied


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Green Chimneys
Although Santino is an older horse, he still has a lot of youth and pep in his step!

At his former home, Santino was a serious athlete- running in upper level eventing competitions. After sustaining a leg injury, Santino deemed unfit for such competition and given to a private owner who was hoping to ride him for the rest of his days- unfortunately, as a side effect from the COVID shut down, this new owner was no longer able to keep him as her own. This is when he came to Green Chimneys- she wanted to find a home where he would continue to get the medical support his older body needed, but where he could continue to work and bring joy to those who work with him. Again, while Santino might be older on paper, he is thriving in our program and is often the first to the gate for feeding, and the one horse who loves to move forward willingly for his riders. Whether it’s a young first time beginner on his back or a seasoned staff member schooling him, Santino adjusts to his rider’s level and takes great care of them.

Santino would benefit greatly from the Platinum Performance Award. Santino still requires some specialized medical support due to his old injuries in order for him to remain comfortable and content as a member of Green Chimneys herd. This award would enable us to maintain his good health, allowing him to continue his important role as therapeutic partner to our students.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Santino resides at Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center, part of our herd of 20 equines that provides equine-assisted services to the special needs students that attend our therapeutic day school and residential treatment center. -- Carol Levine