Ron’s rescue run for horses

Ron McConnell on a horse that was headed to the slaughterhouse before being saved. - Photo submitted
Ron McConnell on a horse that was headed to the slaughterhouse before being saved.
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Every day, perfectly good horses are shipped to the slaughterhouse simply because they aren’t wanted by their owners anymore. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to save one of these horses through JM Acres Rescue Ranch in Maple Ridge, BC. Rio has become a great friend and will live a good life here in Kootenay Country.

These volunteer rescue organizations work on shoestring budgets and depend primarily on donations and adoption fees to stay afloat. As anyone with horses knows, it’s not cheap to own these critters, but they give us so much in return. Since it’s inception in 1995, JM Acres has rescued and adopted out over 600 horses. So far this year, they are averaging between 5 and 10 horses a month!

This May, I will be participating in the annual Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington. It’s a 12.4 km event, and with an average of over 50,000 runners and walkers, it is one of the biggest in North America. This is only my third year and at my age (I’m 62!) it is definitely a challenge.

My goal this year is to take another 5 minutes off my time, and in the process raise funds for JM Acres while I do it.

If you would like to support me, please give me a call or go to the JM Acres web site at: to pledge online. You can also find them on Facebook.

Thanks and Happy Trails!

Ron McConnell,


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