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It"s what sparked she eponymous business, Copper equine Crusade. Copper started the company in 1998 once she was still a student at Tri-Valley High School. She had the score of rescuing equines from being marketed for meat and also retraining them before selling them come a new owner.
Since then, it"s stability grown. She went full-time in 2009, to buy a 7-acre plot of floor in Cambridge in 2012, and obtained a nonprofit condition in late 2014. She additionally established a board of directors last year.
Every Friday, she and also worker Jesse Hammons take trip to Sugarcreek, where they target your bidding to steeds that are healthy both physically and mentally.
She emphasizes that the kill-buyers are not the problem. Rather, she said, when an excellent horses with good years left in them walk for slaughter, it"s the error of irresponsible owner who might no longer want to address the unwanted animals.
"They"re still an excellent horses; there"s no reason they should go because that meat," she said. "They just dropped through the cracks."
As of late, Copper has had trouble do it to those weekly auctions.
On in march 27, a steed reared and flipped v Copper ~ above its back, breaking her leg in three places. She had actually surgery the following day at a Columbus hospital, where medical professionals put in a titanium rod and four screws.
Although she is able come get roughly a little far better with a wheelchair and crutches, she said it will be number of months till she is fully recovered.
"It may take part time after the to ride," she said. "It"s been rough."
Copper and Hammons did regulate to go to the auction Friday, whereby they purchase two much more horses, she said.
A Texas native, Copper relocated to Dresden prior to she started high school. A Tri-Valley graduate, she also earned degrees from Zane State College and Muskingum University.
Her family was not a equine family, she said; she occurred her love for horses on her own.
"I"ve always wanted to work-related with horses, be connected with horses," she said.
On a recent rainy April day, Copper"s dog, Maddie, a familiar Australian livestock dog, runs in and also out the the barn together some steeds graze in the field, and others remainder in their stalls. Horse bridles hang on the walls, and also a "Welcome" sign greets you at the entry. Follow the narrow path between the line of stalls and you"ll view an open up dirt arena, whereby Copper have the right to ride the horses.
Before Copper bought her Cambridge barn, she operated the end of her residence in new Concord. She met Hammons in ~ a sale in 2009, and the two started expanding the business.
They market an mean of 80 steeds a year to customers across the country, although most of their service is in ~ a three-hour drive, Copper said. When they to buy the horses, they placed them through a minimum that 30 job of evaluation, whereby they determine the horses" strengths, weaknesses, personality and also overall health condition.
When a horse is prepared to be sold, they job-related with customers to discover a great match. Would the equine be great for a youngster in a 4-H program? Is it good for treatment riding? Or is it meant for competition?
Copper says she"s turned far customers she didn"t think would certainly pair with the horse.
"We desire it to be a great match," she said.
On this April day, she sits in the middle of the arena together Revenge circles roughly her top top a rope. As she sit in she wheelchair through Hammons nearby, she shows on she injury and why it ultimately won"t avoid her native doing what she loves to do.
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"It"s hard work. It"s attention work," she said, adding: "It"s more financially rewarding than chasing ribbons."
Interested in learning more?
Copper steed Crusade rescues healthy horses indigenous auction and also sells lock to new owners. For more information, contact Julie Copper in ~ 740-601-2752 or go to www.copperhorsecrusade.com.