The Avanti Project

$3,650 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 62 months

For those who aren't familiar with the story, Avanti was Rachel King's foundation stallion at Deer Haven Farm, and she worked hard to build his resume as a show horse so he could promote her farm and in turn, raise awareness about the Haflinger breed. From June 2009 until the sale of the farm in December 2012, I was employed as head trainer, and was privileged to ride and show Avanti, who quickly became my best equine friend. In July 2012, Rachel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, and after a tough battle, she passed away peacefully on April 11th, 2013. As the farm and herd dispersed, Avanti was also sold in June of that year.

With the encouragement of a few clients and friends, I've been given the once in a lifetime chance to buy Avanti back - if I can raise the funds to purchase and care for him. After spending some time planning, sorting details, and gathering feedback, I've put together a sponsorship proposal to share with those who may be interested.

In my proposal, I've explained my plan for making this dream a reality. Please take a look at the PDF for the complete story of Rachel, Avanti, and me, and a list of our goals. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact me via cell, email, or Facebook. I'd love to talk with you and share my excitement and passion for this project!

You can download the PDF proposal on my sponsorship page:
Avanti - Sponsorship Proposal
(For those new to the horse world, my proposal will explain many of the terms and goals mentioned below)

By helping to fund this project, you'll be a part of our upcoming adventures as we represent the Haflinger breed and carry on the legacy that Rachel left behind. She did her best to show the world that Haflingers can hold their own against their taller counterparts, and that's exactly what we intend to do as well. I have big plans for Avanti - including training, showing, breeding - and in a few years I hope we'll be working hard at my biggest goal: organizing events and making appearances to raise funds for cancer research.

In years previous, Avanti and I have had success at Second Level, so it's time to get him back in shape and get back to our journey up the levels. Aiming for Third Level in 2015, our pre-season prep will be in Wellington, Florida during the winter of this year to further our education with Ruth Hogan-Poulsen ( For me as a rider, this job as a working student is the equivalent of graduate school - I'll get focused, intensive, high-quality instruction in dressage, as well as hands-on experience in the daily life of an equestrian professional at the top of the sport. This is an opportunity not to be missed - something impressive to add to my resume and make me more marketable in my career.

My fundraising goal encompasses all of the following:
- Purchasing Avanti
- Transporting him to Wisconsin
- Constructing a stallion paddock for him
- Feed, hoof, and health care
- Board, including stall and bedding
- Chiropractor/Massage every 1-3 months as needed
- USEF/USDF ownership transfer

As well as the following for our stay in Wellington, Florida:
- Transportation (human and horse) to and from Florida
- Avanti's board for 6 months, including stall, care, and bedding
- My room and board
- 4-5 riding lessons per week
- Hay, feed, hoof care

If I exceed my fundraising goal, I'll set up an emergency health care fund for Avanti, in case of any unforeseen veterinary expenses.


Sure, raising $20,000 is a huge undertaking. But with everyone's help, combined with a healthy dose of good, old-fashioned, hard work, I know we can make it happen. I hope you'll get to see us performing a Grand Prix test together someday - if we did, Avanti would be one of only a couple of Haflingers ever to accomplish this.

Want to donate an amount not listed in my reward levels? That's okay! There's still an option to donate any amount - no matter how large or small. Please remember: every little bit helps!

Don't feel comfortable donating online? Any checks received via mail can still be added to my total funds raised (as shown at the top of this page).
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Thanks so much to Amy L, who sent the most recent donation! I must sound like a broken record by now, but I am amazed at the generosity and support coming from all over - even from people I've never met in person. Avanti and I appreciate your help to send us to Florida!
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Big thanks to my recent anonymous donor! This is someone who has been a great supporter of me as an instructor for the past few years.

I'm so grateful for the donations, help, and kind words that are continuing to come in. We're in the home stretch of the purchasing process with Avanti - our journey is really beginning now!
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Big thanks to Catherine K for the latest donation! Catherine purchased a few horses from Deer Haven in years past, and is currently competing two of Avanti's children - the very handsome A.J. (All Jokes Aside) and his lovely full sister, Toga (Saratoga) - so she knows first-hand the many great qualities Avanti passes on to his offspring.

Both AJ and Toga are talented and competitive in the dressage ring against all breeds, and last I heard, Toga was even trying a hoof at eventing! I had the honor of taking Toga to her very first horse show a few years ago - the National Dressage Pony Cup - where we came home as Champions in the Open Intro and Training Level divisions (pictured). She is a truly exceptional girl. :)

The National Dressage Pony Cup is my personal favorite show, and Catherine was one of the people behind the show's Rachel King Memorial Award, which is given to the highest scoring Haflinger of the weekend. Can you guess what one of my goal's is for Avanti in 2015? ;)
Toga and me
Toga's ribbons!
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Well, look what came in the mail, right after my last update! THANK YOU a million times over to my anonymous donor who sent me the final installment of her pledge to pay for half of Avanti's purchase price.

I'm so lucky to be able to send this payment to the current owner who is letting me take Avanti to Florida while I'm a working student. Now, it's time to get the contract together for this exchange!

Our fundraising isn't over yet...but WOW, how things have progressed.
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$3,650 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 62 months
Created May 5, 2014
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Amy L
57 months ago (Offline Donation)
57 months ago
Catherine Kamenish
58 months ago

Awesome pair. Would make RK smile....a lot !!!!!

58 months ago (Offline Donation)
Louise Duda
59 months ago

Follow your dream!

59 months ago
Trish Henson
60 months ago
The Buchanan Family
60 months ago (Offline Donation)
60 months ago (Offline Donation)
Catherine Peak
61 months ago

Best of luck!

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