Endo the Blind

$4,795 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 47 people in 37 months

Endo the Blind and Morgan Wagner are an incredible inspiration .

The two of them are a testament to the power of love and determination.  Endo, who is completely blind, had to have both eyes surgically removed because of recurring medical complications related to uveitis, cataracts, and glaucoma. His owner, Morgan, has her own medical challenges.  She was diagnosed with Lupus several years ago and is dealing with the debilitating effects of that auto-immune disease. 

Together, the two of them are reaching for the stars!

Morgan and Endo successfully compete in one of the most challenging disciplines available to horse riders: Working Equitation. This sport has three parts. The first involves dressage (riding a pattern to demonstrate technical quality as one performs a series of challenging maneuvers).  The second is called Ease of Handling (being judged on the quality with which one negotiates a variety of obstacles including crossing a bridge and clearing a jump, both of which present particular challenges for a blind horse). The final trial is Speed (performing the obstacles in a race against the clock, with the fastest time winning). 

Because of her illness, Morgan's finances are severely limited.  This GoFundMe campaign is designed to provide a means by which people can support the two of them through providing riding lessons, opportunities to study with visiting clinicians, and assisting with the costs of entering and traveling to competitions. 

In 2015, Endo and Morgan placed 2nd in the Ease of Handling trial at the Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas, finishing 4th Overall in the very competitive Intermediate Level Class. 

They traveled to Texas in October of 2015 to compete at the Haras Cup Working Equitation National Championships, where they beat top international and domestic riders to place 5th of 17 in the Intermediate Ease of Handling trial. 

In 2016, Morgan would like to continue to develop her own and Endo's skills, and we are asking you to join Team Endo and support their continued journey. 

Morgan's goal is to help show others that those with disabilities (whether human or horse) still have value.  Her goal is to take Endo as far as he can safely go. With your help, that can be far indeeed! 

Please consider donating today (every bit helps!), and become part of their continuing story of success. 

Costs we are working to fund

EVENTS

$150: Entry and travel to WE Show in Eugene, OR 12/20/15 
$150: Entry and travel to WE Show in Eugene, OR, 1/17/16
$150: Entry and travel to WE Show in Eugene, OR, 4/13/16
$300: Entry and travel to NW Horse Expo in Albany, OR, 3/16
$150: Entry and travel to WE Show in Eugene, OR, 4/17/16
$250: Entry and travel to WE Show in Ridgefield, WA, 5/14-15/16
$250: Entry and travel to WE Show in Ridgefield, WA, 7/16-16/16
$250: Entry and travel to WE Show in Ridgefield, WA, 8/13-14/16
$1000: Entry and travel to Andalusian National Show in Salt Lake City, Utah, 9/13-18/16
$1000: Entry and travel to Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas, NV, 9/22-24/16
$2000: Entry and travel to Haras Cup National Championship in Magnolia, TX, 10/16

TRAINING
$200: Entry and travel to intensive training seminar in Eugene, OR, 2/13-14/16
$400/month: 2 dressage lessons per week
$500 - $1500: additional training with visiting clinicians

#ImwithEndo

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I'd like to personally thank all the people who have stepped forward to help Morgan/Endo meet the expenses of repairing Morgan's transmission (which died on their return trip from KY last month) and entering the big WE Competitions she has been training so diligently for all year.

In August, your contributions have paid for:

Entry and stabling fees, WE Competition in WA ($330) - they won 1st PLACE at the Intermediate Level!
Entry and stabling fees, IALHA National Show in UT, September 16-17 ($467) - entry sent in Aug. 15
Entry and stabling fees, Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas, September 22-24 ($625) - entry sent in Aug. 15
$500 to help with transmission replacement (another $1000 or so is needed, but at least this is a great start). The transmission replacement work has started this week, and we're hoping Morgan will once again have transportation by the end of next week.

Go, Team Endo!
Endo and Morgan at the 2015 AWC
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Wow -- I am so very humbled by people's generosity! As many of you know, Morgan and Endo the Blind just returned from a cross-country adventure, driving from their home in Eugene, Oregon all the way to Lexington, Kentucky, to perform at the 2016 BreyerFest event.

There, they met thousands of fans and helped spread their unique message of love and perseverance to countless people of all ages.

On their way to Kentucky, Morgan's truck started to overheat, and she had to have the radiator replaced in Lexington. On their way back home, the transmission died about halfway across Idaho. Morgan ended up having to use a rental truck to get Endo home, and was facing a huge unexpected bill (rental truck expense, additional fuel expense, and cost of a new transmission).

She wasn't sure how she would possibly meet those expenses and still manage to afford to participate in the two big WE competitions for which they have been training all year: The National Show near Salt Lake City, Utah, and the AndalusianWorld Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Well, folks, in the past two days alone, you have together helped raise almost enough money to cover the cost of the transmission repair.

THANK YOU!

I am pretty sure that she's going to be able to enter the shows after all.

And all who have donated to this campaign, you will ride right there with them!
Endo and Morgan race around the arena!
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Endo and Morgan are hard at work, continuing to develop their Working Equitation expertise. Their most recent victory involves mastering the jump via cues without needing to stop for Endo to touch the hay bales anymore. What an inspiring team they are!
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Thank you, Nicole Grous, for your generous donation of $200 toward the Team Endo 2016 continuing education and competition fund!

$100 of your donation will be used to fund Endo's participation at the December 20 Working Equitation practice show in Eugene, Oregon, while the other $100 will be used to pay for two additional dressage lessons for Endo and Morgan. Thank you!

Together, we soar!

#ImwithEndo
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Raised by 47 people in 37 months
Created November 5, 2015
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Shirley White
27 months ago

We're rooting for you as you compete!

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$200
susan campbell
28 months ago

Every time I see you and Endo it brightens my day. Thank you for showing people the wonder of horses.

$1,000
Anonymous
28 months ago
$350
Lisa Halbert
28 months ago

Endo and Morgan are my heroes! I'm so delighted to have found them on Facebook, since I have much to learn from them in working with my own blind horse (a rescue Belgian). But was DELIGHTED to see and meet them in person at BreyerFest. Their partnership is beautiful both in the arena, but also (importantly) inspirational every day. Best wishes in ALL of your endeavors Team Endo and I hope to meet again....SOON!

$50
Mary Martin
28 months ago

Hope it helps a bit. Good luck

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28 months ago
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