Midwest Rescue Horse Trainer's Challenge


Thanks to Channel 3000 for covering the event on Saturday! Here is the video footage in case you missed it.

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He said "Yes!" All of us at AGES and the Wisconsin Horse Alliance have tears of happiness that Rudy has been adopted by his Angel,  Mandy Henderson!

Their bond began as Mandy found herself with the job of training Rudy for the Midwest Rescue Horse Trainers Challenge. Mandy was so very impressed with the easy way Rudy would meet visitors at the fairgrounds Saturday, she realized he loves the public forum. His purpose in life is larger than a backyard trail horse or 4h!! She is creating his own Facebook page and Rudy will now travel with Mandy to Horse events as an ambassador for Horse Rescue!!

Rudy’s following will soon become enormous!! We always knew as the only survivor of 60 neglected seized horses, that God had a higher purpose in mind for him! Now finally 5 years later that purpose is being realized!!! We look forward to seeing Mandy and Rudy continue their journey together!


Rudy was a criminal case from Shawano county, brought to our attention in August of 2013. A retired breeder who had already surrendered 60 plus horses to authorities in February (all shipped to slaughter), discovered Rudy on August 16. He had somehow been left behind on the 300+ acre farm. Somehow he had survived on his own. When the breeder discovered him, he immediately contacted authorities and threatened to shoot him if they didn’t remove him immediately. Shawano Cty contacted AGES, and thus began one of the most dramatic rescues we have ever been involved in. Rudy was barely a body score of 1, and was standing inside a dilapidated barn in muck up to his knees, which is probably what kept him upright. He was terrified of people, but somehow AGES managed to get him on the trailer, where he promptly collapsed. To this day, it is a miracle he survived, as AGES was still in its early years and ill-prepared to care for a horse with such severe health issues.




For all those following Juna’s story, it was in Juna’s best interest that she did not compete at the trainers challenge. Despite Lisa Lisowe’s months of tireless dedication to the care and training of Juna, it is clear that Juna’s vision impairments are far more serious than we initially thought. Through daily training and care, Lisa discovered the severity of her vision impairment, in addition to the challenges Juna has with building trust and overcoming her fears.

We can’t thank Lisa Lisowe of Wild 3L Ranch, enough for dedicating the last three months to Juna’s care and giving her the time, patience, and love she deserves. Juna has been making strides to increase her confidence, despite her limited vision, and understandably needs time to acclimate to new environments and people. We’re grateful to Lisa for not giving up on Juna and for using her expertise and talent to help this sweet mare. Juna will be returning to Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary in late September. If you would like to see her, please be sure to visit her in Elkhart Lake, WI.


Juna came to Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary in January 2017 as a rescue from a hoarding seizure  of over 600 animals on the East Coast. Juna is a 10-year-old dark bay/black quarter horse mare, partially blind, standing about 14.1hh. Her training level unknown, but we know she was saddled shortly before she came to AGES. She does exhibit some physical abuse behaviors when being handled and touched. Juna needs much desensitizing work and gentle hands. She is kind but leary. She would love her very own person to learn to trust and bond with for life. Juna is middle to low in pecking order in a herd of mares. She has some vision loss in one eye, however we have not seen it affect her moving around here at all. With a bond to her forever person, she will blossom into an amazing companion. She deserves a wonderful life!




Mercedes..........owner surrender 3 months ago. Today.....new family and home in northern Wisconsin. Daily attention, affection and love! Thanks to MIdwest Horse Trainers Challenge she went from unwanted and misunderstood.....to "star" of the show at just 3 years old! Now she can finally "breathe", relax and enjoy a life in quiet country Wisconsin!


Sadie came to us as an owner surrender very recently – a Christmas present purchased in September 2017 by parents that did not understand the true expense and depth of care a horse needs. Sadie was 3 on May 31. She is a registered AQHA and has a brand on her front left shoulder. She is compact and delicate with a beautiful head and movement. AGES is her 4th home since she was born, so she is naturally slow to trust and a little head shy. We love her for this challenge as she is a blank slate with her whole life ahead of her to go in any direction.