Kidnap Katie Joins the Haven Herd
Our Mims Retirement Haven, a Thoroughbred sanctuary located in Paris, Kentucky, welcomed a new mare to its herd on October 31, 2016. One of the group of about 40 horses seized in Mercer County in June of this year, Kidnap Katie walked off the trailer to her new and forever home Monday afternoon.
Jeanne Mirabito, Our Mims Retirement Haven founder and president, remarked on the situation: “I am so proud of our horse community. When it comes to a rescue effort of this magnitude, many hands and homes are needed. So many people and farm owners stepped forward to foster horses and to offer homes.”
About the new mare, she continued. “Kidnap Katie is mild mannered and kind. We are honored to provide her sanctuary.”
Thoroughbred Charities of America had asked the Haven to consider taking in one of the mares from the herd once the legal ramifications were completed and the animals were cleared for adoption. Kidnap Katie was chosen from a small list offered, mostly because she fit within the Haven’s guideline: a mare over the age of 20. The Haven was notified early Monday morning of Katie’s availability, and the new Lady was picked up that afternoon.
Kidnap Katie, a 1995 mare out of Paleface Poster by Red Ransom – a son of Roberto, never raced. She bore five offspring, two of which were winners. In her later years as a broodmare, Katie had problems staying in foal and suffered difficult births at full term. Her last live foal is Ragabash by Kela born in 2007.
Mirabito remarked about Kidnap Katie’s first hours as part of the Haven. “Kidnap Katie was welcomed by the other Ladies. Her quiet personality and display of proper herd manners made it easy for her to integrate.”
“As with all our horses,” Mirabito explained, “Katie will want for nothing for the rest of her life. In our eyes, every one of our horses is worth millions of dollars. Katie will be pampered and loved.”
Kidnap Katie joins Blue Viking, Trail Guide, Missy White Oak, Dogwood Patty, Exciting Bucket, Braggin Rights, and Play Book. Elmhurst, Our Mims’ grandson and 1997 Breeders’ Cup™ Sprint winner, arrived in October of 2011. Jo Jo’s Gypsy was adopted into the Haven in 2014 by special circumstances; she is much younger than 20 years old, but she came to the Haven extremely emaciated (also as a result of a horse seizure). Jeanne’s granddaughter, Kaylee Brooke, was instrumental in the recovery of the sick mare. The horse and child now act as ambassadors for the Haven in local horse shows and events.
OMRH became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2006. Featured in Barbara Livingston’s More Old Friends, the Haven specializes in “restoring health and spirit in aged mares.” The Haven is supported through donations, eBay auctions, and its online shop.
Our Mims Retirement Haven is accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council. OMRH has received grants from Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).
Jeanne Mirabito: (859) 227-6304
Farm Manager, President
Cheryl Bellucci: (937) 776-1904
Director of Fund Raising and Promotion