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A New Logo For Circle F

D ecember 2010

V olume 1, Issue 1

From Brock & all of us at Circle F

In conjunction with our Poker Ride/Walk in October, the Board authorized the development of a new logo that would provide a stronger image and a more versatile use. We owe special thanks to Belinda Williams, Graphic Designer, in designing it for us on a donation basis.

Walter Paetkau

Horsing Around For Charity

Circle F-riends

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

VOKRA - Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue is selling 2011 Calendars this year. They are $15 each and our feral cats are the October kitties! All proceeds go to VOKRA's ongoing rescue work ... over 1,400 cats in 2009, and it's looking like they will reach or exceed that number in 2010.  There are a few at the barn so if you would like one, please contact Lucy   . To order them online Click Here

Circle F Gift Shop

Bumper Sticker $5.00

Key Chains


Carabineers $5.00

Note Cards

[$1.00/ea.  Circle F members - $1.50 to public]

Circle F Horse Rescue Society

Box 73 Station Main

Abbotsford, BC V2T 6Z4


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Horse Happenings

First Annual Poker Ride [Fundraiser]  

Charity Village Spotlight Article

  ">The Times - Horsing Around For Charity

  "> Pacific & Prairie Horse Journal

See new link on our website

Rebecca Mcdiarmid, a realtor for 30 yrs with Walnut Grove Homelife put a 1/6 page ad in the October  issue (which is free at Tack stores) and donated1/3 of the ad space to us and Paris -is wonderful exposure for both Circle F and Paris.

Jonathan Field Helping Our Horses

We would like to extend a warm and appreciative thank you to Jonathan Field for his generous support of our rescue. Partial proceeds from one of his DVD's called "The Catch" that sold at The Mane Event in October 2010 were donated to our rescue.  We would also like to thank our long time friend and supporter, Kevan Garecki - H4 Hauling for recommending us for this opportunity.

  ">Horsemanship - November Clinic

Circle F-riends - Former Volunteer, Gail Schultze

[Gail & Oden 2005]

For many years I volunteered and found myself with a bit of extra time one year.  I wanted to join something new but I didn't know what. I saw a flyer at the Clearbrook Library, calling for volunteers. I had a tour of the facility at Star Rd. and "fell in love" . I was very lucky to be teamed up with Carmen. She was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable and at ease.  A few months later, they moved to their current location. It wasn't much at first but I was so impressed, and a little awed, with the amount of work by volunteers to make it a home. Due to work commitments, I had to resign in Spring 07. My moments there were selfish. I loved every minute & the horses always made me feel better for being with them. I laughed at Brock's antics; cried when we lost Tango, Gentle World & Africa; was angry at the shape that Lil' Pride was brought to us in & was overjoyed (and a little sad) every time we placed our horses in a loving home. I am grateful to be a part of Circle F and hope it continues to be supported by the community & by such wonderful volunteers.

Good luck and happy trails!

Volunteer Profile, Lucy Melanson

Way back before the internet, I saw an ad in the local paper for volunteers at a horse rescue. I tried the Hotmail account a few times and finally just gave Walter a call. That was 9 years ago now and since then Circle F has really come a long way.  At the time, Circle F was on 10 acres on Starr Road in Brander with no hydro and no water. We had a very simple storage shelter as a barn, a covered hay feeder in the field for the horses and our trusty tractor. I think we were 10 or 12 people strong!   "> Read More

My Favourite Horse by Lynda Johnson

Circle F Cats

Please help support our Cat Vet Fund

Moxie was left behind about 4 years ago and had a tattoo so was at one time a house cat. He was neutered and we kept him up to date with shots/worming, etc. He was around 8-10 years old [his registration can be traced for verification of his 'real' age].  Back in August, he suffered another injury.  Since the 5 'new' feral cats moved into the barn, we were watching to see how things went so we could decide what was best for Moxie. The cats are quite happy in the barn and all but the long haired tabby are seen regularly.

Thus, Moxie was retired from active barn watch and found a nice retirement home to grow old in with Ellen Buckle who says he is doing really well. He's settled right in and when he's not terrorizing her dog Betty, he's either snuggling with her or she's chasing him around.

  "> Health Team Report

By Sarah Ward

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas Barn Decorating

  • AGM - March 12, 2011 - Venue TBA

One of the Agenda items will be the Volunteer Recognition Program. A full Agenda will be sent in due course.

A decision was made last year and the Board, at their October 2010 meeting,  decided on a recognition pattern over a number of years. After the first year, the volunteer would receive a recognition card or certificate. After year two, five and ten, the volunteer would qualify for a feature pin.  Joy and Walter have been working on the list going back through past records to determine a volunteer’s starting and ending dates.