Glen Ellen horse sanctuary awarded grants
The Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Inc. (GEVA), Northern California’s oldest Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation foundation and sanctuary, has recently received generous grants from the Brennan Equine Welfare Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (BEWF) and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).
Founded in 1995 by Pam Berg on her Glen Ellen Farms, GEVA is a facility accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. It has also been accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance for several years and is currently going through the re-accreditation process. GEVA caters primarily to OTTBs (off the track Thoroughbreds) that have been injured while racing or in training to race, but does have a couple of other breed rescues on the farm as well. Berg runs the nonprofit with the help of volunteers.
GEVA received the grant from BEWF to be applied toward the installation of emergency lighting for the several paddocks in which the horses live in groups. The donation from TCA is to be used for the maintenance of the more than 30 horses typically quartered at the farm. The funds will be used for hay and feed and other supplements for the horses under GEVA’s care.
“We are one of the few accredited equine sanctuaries in the country, and we appreciate the support we have received from both BEWF and TCA. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, all money we receive is used solely for the horses,” said Berg.
Berg received Dogwood Stable’s Dominion Award in 2004 for her work with GEVA. The award honors those in the racing industry who work to create a positive influence in the business. Berg was also honored by the Sonoma Horse Council in 2011 by being inducted into their Hall of Fame for her work providing for horses in need.
In addition to being a retirement operation, GEVA also founded as a bilingual vocational school to teach people the skills necessary to work with horses in a safe, humane and confident manner.