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Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue is located about ten miles east of Arkadelphia (south of Hot Springs).  First-time visitors can call Tom Cates at 870-403-7925 or email him at for directions. All visits are by appointment only.


A BIG Thank you from the horses and the Rescue to Jimmy and Debbie Blanton of Okolona for another nice load of hay


Congratulations to Amber Worley, Larry Dickson, Ashlee Godsby, and Tamberlyn Dickson on their adoption of Kai, Tee and Red!


Congratulations to Jennefer Doll and family on their adoption of Monty! We wish them many years of Happy Trails! Also thanks to Alaethea Equine Photography for the beautiful pictures.


APRIL 2017

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to John and Laura Crownover for their donation of 9 round bales of hay.

MARCH 2017

Congratulations to John and Melissa Harbin and their granddaughters, Kaylee and Isabella, on their adoption of Faith and Parker.  We wish them many years of happiness!


We had a group of fine, young men from Ouachita Baptist University come to volunteer at the rescue. They worked very hard on paddock cleanup and did a great job! Their group's title is Beta Beta Men's Social Club. Pictured from left to right: Matthew Miller, Nathan Arrodondo, J. J. Askins, Brockton Brown and Taylor Garner. We appreciate you guys so much!


Congratulations to Lloyd, Tammy (pictured left), Robyn (pictured right) and James Bever on their adoption of Little Gal and Hickory.

Congratulations to Alyssa King on her adoption of Jax and Able!

Congratulations to Mr. Darrell Clark on his adoption of Lola!


Congratulations to Terry Grandon on his adoption of Mindy. Mindy hit the jackpot with a large family, which include Buttercup and Cody, to love her and big pastures with lots of grass. 

Congratulations to the Joiner family on their adoption of Grace. William, Angela, Ava Grace and Jace have welcomed Grace into their home and we wish them many years of happiness together!  Pictured is Angela (mom) and her daughter Ava Grace.


Congratulations to Ms. Fleeta Fore on her adoption of Travis. Fleeta reports that Travis is making great progress on his training. We wish them many years of success and happiness as a team!


Congratulations! to Judy Dean and Jacqueline Solsvig on their adoptions of Storm and April. Lots of love, lots of grass and being trained to live up to their full potentials! We wish them many years of happiness! <3

We would like to extend a HUGE Congratulations to the Vaughn and Simmons family on their adoptions of Gypsy, Rocky, Gus and Scarlet!   From the left are Bethany Simmons on Gypsy, Baby Tucker Simmons on Rocky with his dad Seth Simmons holding him. Rose standing behind Seth, Scott Vaughn with Scarlet and Alex on Gus. They are a great family and love the horses as part of their family! We wish them many years of happiness with the additions of their 4-legged family!

Seth Simmons on Scarlet with baby Tucker and Bethany Simmons on Gypsy with Baby Tucker

Baby Tucker on Rocky                                 Bethany on Gypsy

Alex Vaughn on Gus


Congratulations to John Miller and his family on their adoption of Drew and Katie!

JULY 2016

Rafter R Farm Supply has donated another large load of feed, almost 2,000 pounds. Shown here is Bob Bever securing the load for the trip to the ranch. Thank you Rafter R of Hot Springs!

Congratulations to the Cheshier family on their adoption of Martin. Pictured from left to right: Justin Cheshier, Martin Short Cheshier, Jenni Cheshier, and Whimsy Cheshier.

JUNE 2016

Congratulations to Billy and Sherri Goss on their adoption of our sweet boy Trace.Sherri is working with Trace on a daily basis and she and Billy plan on trail rides with Trace and their beautiful,foxtrotter mare,Sash.

APRIL 2016

Blanche has found her new family with Tom and Polly Nichols and handsome gelding, Deuce.

Congratulations! to Mike and Cheryl Forrest and Brownie on welcoming Sage into their family.


Congratulations!to Angela Buffkin and daughter Gracie on their adoption of Cherokee Brooks.Cherokee is also pasture buddies with Bubba a big Tennessee Walker gelding.

Congratulations to Kim and John Bolding, and their grandson Dean Grandon on their adoption of Buttercup and Cody.


We would like to congratulate the Homan family on their adoptions of Zach and She'll Get Even!! We wish them many years of happiness!


We want to congratulate Lisa Townsend of Bismarck, AR on her adoption of Chief! (pictured right). Chief is enjoying the good life with his pasture mate, Mattie. We wish them many years of happiness!


A big Congratulations to William and Mary Hutto on their adoption of Sennah. This is Sennah at her new home meeting her sister, Sabrina.

JULY 2015

Honker has been adopted by Peter & Rosalie Deen to watch over their Goat herd.  Honker is their leader and protector.  Here is Honker watching some of his "kids" at playtime.

Congratulation to Michael Grist and his fiancee, Lana Guenther and her daughters, Allison and Kathryn who welcomed Big Red into their family!

MAY 2015

Our Benefit Horse Show was a HUGE SUCCESS!!  We would like to send out a special Thank You to Judith Vandemeer and Ravenswood Equestrian Center for putting it on and to the following companies/people for sponsoring us!

Todd Marchese Photography
Hot Springs Equestrian Center
Oak Hill Hay Farm
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
James Tilley, DVM
Julie Roper and the Roper Law Firm
Joyce Bennett, Above and Beyond Massage
Country Comfort Homes
Pro Turbine, Inc
The Happy Tree
B&B Hardware
Slim & Shorty's
Bob Clark Plumbing
Arkadelphia Massage
Taylor King Law Firm
JC Turf Supplies
Rafter R Farm Supply
Terry's Breaking & Training
Bismarck Community Market
Farmer's Assocation
Xpress Thoroughbreds
Red River Dodge
South Arkansas Veterinary Hospital
Edward Jones
Scott Allen, Farrier
DJ'S Drive In
Royal Auto Repair
Equine Infrared - Dr. Schmidt
Clark County Livestock & Feed
Woodall Real Estate
Southern Bancorp
Patterson Federal Credit Union
Hays Rental

We would like to send a huge Thank You to the students from Henderson State University's Oral Communications Group. They came out and volunteered at the ranch stacking firewood and piling up brush. Jennifer Hernandez, Courtney Warren, Haylee Herndon, Nick Taylor, and William Guffy!


We would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to the ASPCA for providing us with a grant to help rebuild the sheds that were destroyed in the October 2014 tornado.  Because of this grant we were able to provide the horses with four nice carport-type shelters that will keep them out of the weather!  Once again, Thank you, ASPCA!

A HUGE Congratulation to the O'Toole family on their adoptions of Tanner, Cannon and Dawson!  We know they will have many years of happiness with these boys!


Congratulations to the Saunders family on their adoption of Austin and Harley.  Pictured here is Jill, Savannah, Gracie, Riley and James Saunders and Darla their lab.

Pictured here is Jill riding Austin.

Rebel with his new family, Jessica and Jon David Jones. Pictured here is Jessica's husband holding their daughter Langley.   Congratulations Jones family!!!

Thank you to the Henderson State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries students who helped us with the tornado cleanup. They set up panels where a tree fell through Mary and Spice's fence, piled brush and stacked pallets and did other cleanup.  Pictured are, front row: Dylan Summerville, Megan Fowler, Grant Reimers, and Tyler Parr.  Back row is Jared Farley, Tyler James, Spencer Jones, Jordan Washington, and Caleb Ellison.

Christmas for the horses came early Thanks to the Henry family. They donated 2000 lbs. of feed, alfalfa cubes, alfalfa pellets, bags of treats and salt blocks. Thank you Steve and Karla Henry! Pictured are left to right, Joshua Henry, his friend Tonka and Steve Henry.

Congratulations to the Croft family on their adoption of our sweet Anna.   Everett and Mildred Croft along with Jayla Croft riding Anna with her brother Gabe looking on!


Our sweet Fly has found her special little girl. Chloe Berry fell in love with Fly and apparently the feeling was mutual. Here is Chloe on Fly and Chloe's Mom, Cecilia Berry. They are from Sparkman, AR. Congratulations Chloe!!

A HUGE Thank you to the Tiger Serve kids, Alex Manson, Katelyn Matlock, Sarah Engebrecht, Melissa Smith, Tori Matlock, Alex Bradley, Samantha Riggs, Elizabeth Fast, and John Doss for coming out and cleaning up the fence line and brushing horses! We appreciate all your hard work!!

Congratulations to Terry Howell of Bismarck, AR on his adoption of Tyler!

JULY 2014

Congratulations to Madalyn Hoover on the adoption of her new friend, Raven!

Congratulations to Mr. Randy Hathcock on the adoption of his new partner, Simon!

JUNE 2014

The benefit horse show at Ravenswood Equestrian Center was a HUGE success! We cannot thank Judith Vandermeer enough for always willing to help us by putting on this show! Congratulations to all the winners!!

A special thank you to Brian and Mary Ann Trubitt for donating a grill to be raffled off and Congratulations to Billy Shelton for winning that grill!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 28th beginning at 9:00 a.m. for fun and support of Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue! Judy Vandemeer of Ravenswood Equestrian Center in Bismarck is generously hosting a show for all ages, skill levels and horse lovers.  Come out to watch, eat, visit, meet some of our rescue horses, shop the rescue store and tack swap, and enjoy the show!  Any questions you may contact Ravenswood at 501-865-3612 or email at  All funds raised by entry fees, advertising and concessions will go to the rescue!  This is a great chance to show your support!  Snacks, drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase. 


MAY 2014

Help Save Our Horses From Slaughter!

Horse slaughter inspections, conducted by USDA agents, were not funded in this year's federal spending bill.  This halted American horse slaughter for human consumption until SEPTEMBER, 2014.  To PERMANENTLY BAN the cruel slaughter of our horses, and prevent their transport to Mexico and Canada, the federal SAFEGUARD AMERICAN FOOD EXPORTS, or SAFE Act, needs our support.

Please email or phone your Senator and ask him to co-sponsor S 541, the senate version of this bill.  Also, please email or phone your Representative to co-sponsor HR 1094, the House of Representatives version of tis bill.

No American horse should be subjected to the horrible cruelty of the slaughter house - no matter the situation.

Click THIS LINK to read further and to find your State representatives!!  

The horses are depending on your help!!!

WOW!  We are super excited about the progress our trainer, Terry Howell, is making with Tyler!
To finally be able to touch Tyler's face and hold his nose is HUGE!!  We can't wait to see the final results!!

APRIL 2014

Ouachita Baptist University's Tiger Serve worked very hard at the ranch cleaning up old hay.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Tori & Cory Matlock, Meagan Stiles, Sarah Stiles, Colleen Rose,
Lillian Rose, Antwion Patterson, Krystal Morris, Jennifer Jackson, Chelsea Whelpley, Mary Moss
and Krystian Rhodes
.  We very much appreciate everyone's help!

Baby Jazz turned 8 months old on April 2nd!  Our volunteer, Tori Matlock has done a fabulous job training him.  He even gives kisses on demand!!


A BIG congratulations to Patsy Lewellyn on her adoption of Trace and Bijoux! We know they will be well cared for!!!


Having been in the horse rescue business for a while now, Tom Cates has a saying that resonates among rescues everywhere!  We decided to put it on a shirt!!  Only available for a LIMITED TIME!!!!!   Buy Yours HERE!!!!!



Congratulations to Marco Giles on his adoption of Junie Bee!

Congratulations to Sarah Gatlin and family on their adoption of Braveheart!

Congratulations to Tom and Polly Cates on their adoption of Bullet!


Brooke Brackett, Emily Sanders and Tori Jones volunteering to help clear a pasture.

Congratulations to George and Janet Avery on their adoption of our sweet Jill!!!!


We would like to extend a special Thank You to our volunteer, Cory Matlock, for spending many days and hours working with Jill! He did an excellent job and she responded very well!!

Henderson State University Oral Communications Club members Adam Zmijewski, Montorey "Tune" Johnson, Teryn Robinson and Haley Cothern came out to work at the ranch.  They cleaned up loose hay around hay barn and loved on some of the horses. We appreciate them very much!

JUNIE B has now been assessed for riding by our wonderful volunteer, Tori Jones. Tori says...."She was very easy going, almost a little lazy. She responded to leg yields and neck reined decently, especially considering it's probably been a couple of years since she's been ridden! She saddled very nicely, lunges well, and couldn't care less with me jumping around in the stirrups or mounting. What was even more impressive was I didn't even have to use a bit!"

Congratulations to George and Janet Avery (right) on their adoption of Cierra!! Also pictured (left), their neighbors Kristi Hickman and Courtnee Grizzard who also came to meet the Averys new addition!

Our newest volunteer, Andrew Brown, does a great job testing Cierra under saddle! They both did great!!!

We now have long sleeve T-shirts and you can order them here!
They're only for a limited time so HURRY and order yours today!!!

Our volunteer, Cory Matlock, shows Jazz a halter isn't such a bad thing!


We would like to extend a HUGE Thank You to Judy Vandemeer and Ravenwood Equestrian Center for a wonderful show!  It was a huge success and a great time was had by all!






Mark your calendars! Saturday, October 19th. Open Horse Show at Ravenswood Equestrian Center to benefit Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue!!! We will have lots of things to sell, and we will also be cooking burgers and hot dogs! Admission is free so come out and enjoy!


Congratulations to Tommy Hill of Waldron on his adoption of our special guy, Lucas! He's gonna be one happy boy in a beautiful valley full of Bermuda grass!!!

Gary, Melissa and Hailea Raines welcoming Preston and Luna to their new home in Hackett, Arkansas! A BIG Congratulations to you all!!

Congratulations to Deloris Lynders and family on their adoption of Brandi! Ms. Lynders' son-in-law, Dexter Haddox, is making her feel welcome!


From rags to riches!  Congratulations to Tommy Hill of Waldron, AR on his adoption of Leon!

Congratulations to Tiffaney and Mark Wixom of Norman, AR on their adoptions of Zane, Jett, Maynard and Toby! They all will be missed but we are extremely happy they found their forever home!!!

IT'S A BOY!!!  Meet Jazz born August 1, 2013 at 11:17 p.m. to Anna who's one proud mama!!

JULY 2013

Thank you to Carol Ray and her sons, Ethan and Cameron for donating 50 square bales of hay!

A HUGE thank you to the Angel Family for donating 38 rolls of beautiful hay!

JUNE 2013

Thank you to Franklin and Amanda Bass and their children, David Franklin and Nora, of Hot Springs for their donation to the rescue.   It was Nora's 2nd birthday and she wanted a horse themed birthday party.  So instead of presents, guests were asked to donate to our rescue organization.  What better way to teach children about giving?  Thank you, Bass family!





A big Congratulations to Steve and Mary Strickland on their adoption of Jake and Sabra!

MAY 2013

Our hearts are heavy for our long-time friend and supporter Fred Miller who lost his 24 year old daughter Alyssa in an accident last week.  Our thoughts and most heartfelt prayers are with the entire Miller family as they go through this difficult time. 

Stop by and see us!


A SPECIAL DAY!!   Saturday, May 4th, 2013 from 10:00 - 2:00.  Open House/Baby Shower!  Come help us celebrate the upcoming birth of Anna's baby!!!  Help get the "nursery" ready or just come out to visit her and/or brush the horses!!!!  We will be serving carrot cake in her honor!!!!!

APRIL 2013

We had an AWESOME day!  A HUGE THANK YOU to  Richard & Karen Papiese of  Dyer, Indiana for helping us!  And Thank you to Paula Barnes and Jennifer Hoyt!  We also want to thank everybody that came out, gave, bought, talked, supported, encouraged and thanked us for what we do! It was really heartwarming to know we have the support of the community!  Also a big thank you to Oaklawn Racing & Gaming for allowing us to be a part of it!






MANY THANKS to Wheeler Printing for printing our brochures for us! 
A great bunch of people and we highly recommend their service!
108 Printers Place, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913, Telephone:  501-624-5333


We had a great bunch of kids come out from Ouachita Baptist University's Tiger Serve to help muck, rake and love on the horses. Thank you to Kelsey J.Frink, Wiley Henson, Krystal Morris, Meagan Stiles, Emily Sanders, Jonathan Adams, Tori Jones and Justin Rose! We appreciate your help!




MARCH 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013 we had an AWESOME group of kids from the University of North Dakota in a group called "Students Today, Leaders Forever" visit the ranch! They were participating in a "pay it forward" program during their Spring Break and volunteered 4 hours of service to the ranch!  They were able to rake, muck, pick up sticks and rocks in horse's paddocks and spread compost! They did a GREAT job and we want to say THANK YOU to Lauren Engelhart, Skyler Modrow, Alexis D'Souza, Chris Julson, Hailey Joyce, Carissa Weber, Carissa Rasch, Halee Goodrich, Amanda Woll, Sadie Madson, Valerie Osmonson, Wyatt Dupay, Katie Hoff, Andrea Hill, Maggie Yutrzenka, Nicole Buckentine, Dayln Limesand, Sarah Bulger, Haley Prozinski, Megan Glockner, Kaylee Scott, Joey Schaefbauer, Abby Margo, Karen Nygren, Ross Nelson, Megan Downey, Jenna Sagedahl, Courtney McDonald, Kate Fitzgerald and Maggie Dye!!!   Y'all are welcome back anytime!!


Beginning February 2nd and the first Saturday of every month thereafter (weather permitting) we will be hosting an Open House/Work Day at the ranch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This will be a chance for you to come out and see the horses or for those who want to lend a hand mucking stalls, washing halters, feed buckets, water buckets, etc. to come out and enjoy the day with us.  Feel free to bring a sack lunch and stay the whole afternoon! 

First time visitors must attend a 30-minute orientation before interacting with the horses.
All visitors must depart the ranch by 2:30 p.m. before the evening feed. NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you are interested in attending and/or volunteering on any of these Saturdays, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Cathy Condray at (512) 750-2292 for further information.


A huge thank you to Gary Grubbs, Braxton Plaxco, Ashia Brown, and Amy Fite of Henderson State University.  As part of their pursuasive speech project in Oral Communications they came out to the ranch and helped clear brush!!!


A big THANK YOU to Fred Miller and the Department of NorthShore Psychiatry in Evanston, Illinois, for their sponsorship of Maynard and Harley!

Congratulations to Katie Cooley on her adoption of River!


Thank you to all who come out to our Volunteer/Work Day at the ranch!  We met some new friends and the horses got all the attention they wanted!

New volunteers signing up!!

Bob getting attention!!

Lucas draws a crowd!

Our wonderful volunteer, Cathy Condray helping out!!

River loving on his favorite human, Jim Fletcher!


Thank you to the Tom Ray family, his two sons, Ethan and Cameron for their generous donation of hay! 

Our booth at the Bismarck BBQ Bash!  Thanks to all who volunteered to make this a success!


Barn Cleaning! - Please keep us in mind when you are cleaning out your tack rooms and feed rooms.  We have a Wish List on our How to Donate and Volunteer page.  We rely completely upon donations.                                                                              

Aluminum Cans - We are collecting aluminum cans for recycling to help pay our feed bill.  If you cannot bring the cans to the ranch or to our storage room at Security Warehouse in Arkadelphia, give us a call and we will arrange to pick them up.          


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Please use our link and once you get to the site, you can even click to have an iGive toolbar installed to make it easy to generate donations every time you do an Internet search. It's a free and easy way to help us feed the horses!

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