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Colorado Gives Day is December 6!


Mark your calendars for this important event sponsored by Colorado Gives. Colorado Gives Day is one of our most important sources of donations. So please give what you can to help HPL help as many horses as possible.

ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations. Made possible by Community First Foundation since 2007, ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

Click on the button below on December 6 to go to our Colorado Gives page to help us celebrate Colorado Gives Day. And remember, you can donate anytime throughout the year.

Rooster Gets Adopted!

Congratulations to Ryan and Michelle Slade on the adoption of Rooster! Lucky Rooster – he now has a brother named “Lucky” to play with in his new pasture! Best wishes to all of you!

HPL Welcomes New Barn Manager!


After several weeks of interviews, we are very excited to announce the hiring of our new Barn Manager, Margaret Blaha!

Here are a few fun facts about Margaret.
-owned and operated a horse training and carriage ride business
-10 years with Westernaires
-2 years working with a National Finals Rodeo Colt starting champion
-3-time Top-Ten finalists in the Extreme Mustang Makeover
-3rd place finisher in the Colt Starting USA Challenge
-volunteered as a child at HPL and Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue

Margaret’s first official day will be September 21st. Please feel free to stop by and welcome her that day. There will be an informal welcome reception at noon on the 21st.  She will also be volunteering on the 14th and 17th to get to know a few of the volunteers.

Welcome to HPL Margaret!

Announcing the King Soopers Renewable Gift Card Program for HPL!

An easy way to support our horses every time you shop for groceries!

The Horse Protection League will now be taking part in this program, as explained in the attached flyer.

You can purchase your reloadable gift card at the Appreciation Picnic this Sunday from 11 AM -2 PM, or on the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 AM at the Ranch, or by calling HPL at (303) 216-0141.    The card costs $5 and is pre-loaded at a value of $5.

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HPL Alum Jumping Barrels

Many of you remember our horse, Oscar. Well, he’s having a wonderful time with his adoptive family and learning new things daily. Click on the red arrow to watch a video of Oscar jumping barrels.


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HPL Wins $5,000 in the ASPCA Help A Horse Day Contest!

I am happy to announce that The Horse Protection League is a winner in the ASPCA Help A Horse Day Contest! There were 107 contest entries and only 11 awards. HPL has received an award of $5,000. This is quite remarkable considering it is the first time that HPL has entered the contest and also considering the large number of entries.
Below is the national press release from ASPCA which announces the contest winners: It is titled: ASPCA Awards $100,000 to ‘Help a Horse Day’ Contest Winners. Eleven equine rescues receive grants in recognition of their efforts to protect horses.
Our entire HPL community made this win possible, and I am so grateful for their enthusiasm and participation.

With regards,
Carol Molnia
HPL Board

Adoption News at HPL!

Monday, May 16, 2016, was adoption day for Chance, one of our rescued horses! Congratulation to the new family adopting Chance. Best Wishes!
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The Horse Protection League is famous!

The City of Arvada has featured the Horse Protection League in a 6-minute video on YouTube and KATV8 (Arvada’s TV station). Our horses and our volunteers – Annie Oden, Carol Molnia and Kris Mitchell – did a wonderful job of representing our organization and educating the public about all that HPL does for our horses and our community.

Watch this beautiful video by clicking on the TV icon below:

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Click on the TV to go to our video!

Please join me in congratulating all of those involved:
Annie Oden, HPL Volunteer Coordinator and Past President
Carol Molnia, HPL Board Director
Kris Mitchell, HPL Volunteer

Thank you to the City of Arvada:
Mike Lee, Manager of Park and Urban Design, who suggested HPL for a video segment
Sherry Nalbach, Television Services Supervisor, Arvada Media Services
Tomás Martinez, Videographer, Arvada Media Services
Debra Lindgren, Producer, Arvada Media Services

Submitted by Carol Molnia, HPL Board Director

Fall 2016 Newsletter!

Jump to our Newsletter page for all the latest news.

New Arrivals!


Nina, Wyatt, and Geronimo.

The Horse Protection League has three baby Navajo horses: two colts and one filly! These youngsters were originally picked up by The Colorado Horse Rescue Network (CHRN) from a Navajo reservation near the Four Corners area of Colorado where they were among 20 horses facing starvation. CHRN reached out to HPL and other horse rescues to find more specific help for these horses. They will remain in quarantine for the next 30 days, but they are already adapting to the abundance of food and kindness from the HPL family!

Spring Adoptions!

Amigo has been adopted by Terri, and Bella is going to the Samuelson family. Congratulations to all.


Terri and Amigo, left, and Bella with Mr. Samuelson, right.

We’re Always Looking for Volunteers!

If you are interested in working with horses please consider volunteering at HPL.
It’s a lot of fun and a great way to help the horses.

Adoption News!

We are happy to announce that Amigo and Bella have recently been adopted!

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Congratulations to Amy and Mike for adopting Shadow and to Paula for adopting Waylon! Wishing you many happy riding adventures and thank you for providing a forever home to another beloved HPL horses!

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Welcome SaraJane!

HPL has a new horse named SaraJane who came to us from the Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue. Read more about them on our Horses page.


SaraJane is new member of the HPL herd and would love for you to come and visit her.


HPL and AmazonSmile are teaming up to help our horses!

Now when you shop on Amazon you can help HPL by using AmazonSmile so we can get a donation of 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work?

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Learn more about Amazon Smiles.

HPL is in the News!

Click HERE to read our story in the Denver Post Arvada Hub.


The Horse Protection League is celebrating 20 years of helping horses.

Look at them now.

Maya and Maggie are making great strides.


Maya, left, and Maggie, right, on October 15, 2014. They are both getting stronger and healthier after a month of proper nutrition and lots of TLC. Annie Oden, President of HPL, shares a playful moment with Maya around feeding time.


Maya, left, and Maggie, right, upon arrival at HPL on August 23, 2014.

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Emie O’Neill, Barn Manager at HPL, got call from Arvada Animal Control about two horses that were in dire condition and needed a home where they could be properly cared for.

The Animal Control officers used a scale from 1 to 9 to evaluate what condition the horses were in. One horse was rated “1” the other was rated “2”. Time was running out for these animals.

Shortly after the call from Animal Control came in to HPL, Emie O’Neill and two other HPL volunteers showed up to meet Arvada Animal Control officers at the horse property for a voluntary owner surrender from an elderly woman who could no longer care for the horses.

The horses were kept in horrible conditions. They were confined in small pens and were terribly neglected.

When the two horses arrived at HPL later that day, they were quarantined in appropriate pens and got immediate veterinarian and ferrier care…and lots of love from the folks at HPL.


Maya’s condition was rated a “1” on a scale of 1 to 9 by the Arvada Animal Control department.

Within a week their conditions were much improved. They have a new lease on life, and new names: Maya and Maggie.

Maya, a black Arabian, is thought to be around 31 years old and Maggie, a bay thoroughbred cross, is around 10 years old.


Maggie’s condition was rated a “2” on a scale of 1 to 9 by the Arvada Animal Control department.

If you’d like to come out to the HPL ranch and visit our newest horses and observe their progress, visitor’s hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The HPL ranch if a fun place to visit for both adults and children, as well as school groups.

Maya and Maggie are just two more reasons that hope springs eternal at HPL.

For more photos of Maya and Maggie, click HERE.