Rescued Alumnus Drives For A Cause

Six years ago, a starved Morgan colt was rescued from the brink of death by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He was taken to Nevins Farm and Equine Centre, where he underwent a year of rehabilitation. After recovery he was adopted by Audrey Hartnett of Rockport, Mass. Sept. 22-24 of this year, "Nick Of Time," true to his name, competed in the Myopia Driving Event, held to benefit his original benefactor, MSPCA Nevins Farm and Equine Center.

Nick's survival and success is testament to the work done by the Nevins Farm, an open-door shelter dedicated to helping all horses, other equids, and farm animals (see MSPCA: Prevention, And More, in the August issue of The Horse).

"Nick's story is a great example of what we're all about," said Joe Silva, Director of Nevins. "Through the dedication of our staff and volunteers, Nick overcame his terrible start in life. He got a second chance. Today, he has a loving home and looks happy, fit and strong. That makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Hartnett first saw Nick at Nevins Farm when he was 1 1/2 years old. "I was looking for a horse that I could drive," she said. "Nick is a Morgan, a breed that takes naturally to driving. My vet said that in spite of Nick's earlier problems, he'd be fine to drive, although we didn't know if I could ever ride him."

Surprisingly, when Nick turned four, Hartnett discovered he was even strong enough to be ridden. "It's amazing to see him now," she said.

Last year, Nick and Hartnett entered their first combined driving competition, where they quickly moved up in the ranks, and the pair made their debut at the Intermediate Level at Myopia.

The MSPCA Nevins Farm and Equine Centre is located in Methuen, Mass., and serves all New England, offering humane education, surrender, adoption, and foster care programs, as well as volunteer opportunities and equine ambulance rescue. For more information, call Ray Denis at 978/687-1150, or visit the farm's web site at

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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