Relocate HiCaliber Horse Rescue

$16,000 of $50k goal

Raised by 114 people in 29 months
Michelle Knuttila  ESCONDIDO, CA


Michelle Cochran, who founded HiCaliber Horse Rescue (HCHR) in 2002, must find a home for over 50 horses in various stages of rescue and rehabilitation. For nearly 6 years, HCHR has been nestled in the eucalyptus grove at the base of the Monastery; a safe haven for abused, starved, abandoned and homeless horses. Deer Park Monastery has told Cochran that the horses must be off of their land within 90 days.

WHO is HiCaliber Horse Rescue?  HCHR is a grassroot 501(c)3 organization of passionate horse advocates who do things a little differently. We built our operation from the ground up, starting with one horse. We are your every day average Joe, the little guy – small but mighty.

We think outside the box, march to a beat of a different drum and try to have fun while saving lives. Rescue can be draining and drag you down; rather than dwell on what we can't do, we celebrate what we can!

HiCaliber Horse Rescue was founded by Michelle Cochran, a former Animal Control Officer, who also co-founded two successful dog rescues in San Diego County. Our board of directors includes Dr. Grove of West Coast Equine Medicine, Niki Avila, a Registered Veterinary Technician specializing in emergency medicine, and  Miles Dunbar, a horse trainer with Dunbar Sport Horses and a numbers cruncher by day; .

Our advisory board is a group of long time volunteers who work in conjunction with our board to keep our efforts moving in the right direction. They provide support to the BOD where needed and offering their guidance and input for any critical decisions that cross our paths.

Our volunteers are the backbone of our success! They show up day in and day out, approxomately 80 hours a week are given to the horses of HiCaliber. Our volunteers are from all walks of life, with various careers, economic and cultural backgrounds. They are the true rockstars of HiCaliber who make it happen! Our horses love them as much as they love our horses. Watching our herd blossom under their care and compassion is inspiring.

WHAT does HiCaliber Horse Rescue do?  Well, HCHR is more than a rescue group! We provide information, training, owner assistance, and shelter support in an effort to help horses and owners all over San Diego and Riverside Counties. At HiCaliber, our horses light the way and our loyalty is always to them.

We are an adoption based program that focuses on the right home, not the quick one. We put gentle and individualized training on all of our horses before they leave our facility. We allow and encourage adopters to come get to know our horses on-site so we can offer support and guidance. Our horses are much happier going home with someone they already know and trust which makes for successful, life long matches.

We also offer our training services to the public in an effort to be a self sufficient organization. While donations are a huge part of our success, we never like to hold our hands out.

We assist owners who are in exigent circumstances that will affect their horses. We try to be proactive in our approach to rescue and not wait for the horse to decline. Be it death, foreclosure of a loss of job, we know that bad things happen to good people. We try to help the community in these situations where our budget allows.

As a former Animal Control Officer, Michelle is adamant in her desire to help the animal shelters place horses. They are the dog and cat experts, but are often times ill-equipped to deal with horses who are in need of round the clock care. Having been an Officer herlself, Michelle is aware of what it takes to build a successful case when charging an owner with animal cruelty. Often times, evidence horses find their way to HiCaliber for rehab, where West Coast Equine Medicine and Michelle can effectively document the progress and findings that will help Animal Control and District Attorneys build their cases.

WHEN does our lease end? HiCaliber Horse Rescue has to vacate the lands in 90 days! Yep, we lost our lease and we gotta be out in 3 months. We have spent the last 6 years of our existence here, growing our unintentional rescue. We never could have imagined how big our operation.

WHERE is HCHR heading? We are hoping to stay in North San Diego county along the 15, 78 or 76 areas. The majority of our volunteers are from these areas and ripping them away from the horses who love them so much isn't ideal. Our horses have a deep trust in our crew and we need to now more than ever. This move will stress the horses and they need their human family to be familiar to keep this as normal as possible for them.

WHY is this happening, did something go wrong? Ummmm, to be honest – Our operation grew much larger than anyone expected over the last few years. The universe/God/fate has been pushing us in a direction that says there are bigger and better things waiting for us. Each time I dig my heels down in fear to stay, something else pops up that says, “Nope! There is something waiting for you on the other side of this mountain you're facing!”

HOW CAN YOU HELP? This move is going to take a MIRACLE to happen, but if there is one thing I know about HiCaliber – it is that we work best under pressure, we can handle chaos, the unknown and what-if's. We are all fighters here: Brain injury, abuse, cancer, veterans, single parents, special needs kiddos – With your help, we got this but we need your help!

 HiCaliber Horse Rescue Website

 

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Update 5
Posted by Michelle Knuttila
29 months ago
Thank you so much for your donations - please note that at times you may see the names Michelle Cochran, Nikki Avila, and Dawne Morris each are assisting in the management of this page.

At times the system is attaching to our respective FB accounts but rest assured, all are HiCaliber Horse Rescue personnel.

We appreciate all you can give no matter how small or large, each and every dollar goes to our HORSES!

#horserescue #hicaliberhorserescue #gofundme
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Update 4
Posted by Michelle Knuttila
29 months ago
Thank you to all our Supporters Below, we are excited and thankful to have reached 2% of our goal in such a short time. Every Bit Helps #HiCaliberHorseRescue because without you, there is #Noplacelikehome!
There is No Place Like Home #HorseRescue
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Update 3
Posted by Michelle Knuttila
29 months ago
Red Baron is recent RESCUE from Mike's auction where kill buyers were bidding on him. He is very thankful (and now happy!) to be at HiCaliber Horse Rescue. Keep your eyes peeled, he will be for adoption soon!
Red Baron, our newest rescue!
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Update 2
Posted by Michelle Knuttila
29 months ago
What does a HiCaliber Horse Rescue horse look like then and now?

Well, this is Solar. A former starvation case, he was turned into Riverside Animal Control in an emaciated state and since they are not set-up to care for a horse in his condition he was in immediate need of rescue.

This boy has some beautiful English moves! We had hoped to see Solar through as a nice English/Dressage mount - his extension and float are simply amazing. Unfortunately, he has a bit of arthritis and seems to be much happier doing trail and "non-collected" movements.

Visit him at our website:
http://www.hicaliber.org/solar.html#
Solar Before and After
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Rick Bell
1 month ago

Here is an update. HiCaliber Horse Rescue is being investigated for animal cruelty for illegally shooting 56 horses in the head with a 22 this year. Supporting HiCaliber Horse Rescue is supporting fraud and animal cruelty.

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Coby Burns
29 months ago

Has anyone approached San Diego 6 with your status update ? They could get you some major attention from animal lovers. Lots of Hollywood stars are animal lovers as well, maybe send an email or letter would get their attention. Best of luck!

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Jen Oleson Baker
29 months ago

As a fellow local non profit horse rescue, I can honestly say HiCaliber has done some amazing work saving, rehabbing, and rehoming (in big numbers) much of the communities horses in need. To loose such a large, educated and caring organization like this would be devastating to the rescue community as smaller rescues like mine really rely on the larger rescues like HiCaliber to carry the brunt of the communities "horse's in need" weight. They are essential and need there own permanent place to call home for themselves and there rescue herd.

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Leslie Hughes
29 months ago

HiCaliber does amazing work. They so need the help and I really hate to see them move, since they are just down the street from me. I see horses everyday walking down the street and it's such a beautiful thing. I run outside and sometimes ask if I can pet them. They have down amazing work and I want to see it continue. They need the support and if I had the whole amount I would give it all to them for the great job they are doing. I want to see it continue forever.

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$16,000 of $50k goal

Raised by 114 people in 29 months
Created June 21, 2014
Michelle Knuttila  
JK
$170
Julie & Steve Kovsky
26 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

EE
$50
Eric Elsam
27 months ago
AP
$50
Ashlee Pargett
27 months ago

Love all you do and hope you find that perfect place!

$50
Anonymous
27 months ago
PG
$100
Pamn Grant-Cornejo
27 months ago
CW
$50
Cindy Walker
27 months ago

God Bless You during your move, I wish you much success.

RS
$50
Riley Shupe
27 months ago
LB
$200
Linda Brown
27 months ago

Thanks for all you do for the horses.

JH
$10
Jann Hehn
27 months ago
$50
Anonymous
27 months ago
Rick Bell
1 month ago

Here is an update. HiCaliber Horse Rescue is being investigated for animal cruelty for illegally shooting 56 horses in the head with a 22 this year. Supporting HiCaliber Horse Rescue is supporting fraud and animal cruelty.

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Coby Burns
29 months ago

Has anyone approached San Diego 6 with your status update ? They could get you some major attention from animal lovers. Lots of Hollywood stars are animal lovers as well, maybe send an email or letter would get their attention. Best of luck!

+ Read More
Jen Oleson Baker
29 months ago

As a fellow local non profit horse rescue, I can honestly say HiCaliber has done some amazing work saving, rehabbing, and rehoming (in big numbers) much of the communities horses in need. To loose such a large, educated and caring organization like this would be devastating to the rescue community as smaller rescues like mine really rely on the larger rescues like HiCaliber to carry the brunt of the communities "horse's in need" weight. They are essential and need there own permanent place to call home for themselves and there rescue herd.

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Leslie Hughes
29 months ago

HiCaliber does amazing work. They so need the help and I really hate to see them move, since they are just down the street from me. I see horses everyday walking down the street and it's such a beautiful thing. I run outside and sometimes ask if I can pet them. They have down amazing work and I want to see it continue. They need the support and if I had the whole amount I would give it all to them for the great job they are doing. I want to see it continue forever.

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