Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Volunteer Orientation DatesTo become a new volunteer, orientations are mandatory. They are held the second Saturday and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 A.M. To register, email volunteer@defhr.org.

Development Committee Meeting - Held monthly at Days End Farm. Contact Caroline Robertson at development@defhr.org if you are interested in helping with outreach, fundraising or development.

January 20: Volunteer Continued Education: “Farm Inspectors Training” - This educational program is for free of charge for DEFHR volunteers.  The class will be taught by Equine Health Director, Brittney Carow and will extremely interesting and full of information! The class will be held at Equine Welfare Society in Keswick, VA. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

February 14 (Morning Class): Equine Cruelty Investigator Series: “TBD”: Madeline Bernstein, President, spcaLA. Animal Welfare professionals are invited to attend and gain a greater understanding of hoarding cases from a highly accomplished, articulate and respected attorney. Bernstein is one of America’s preeminent leaders and advocates promoting animal welfare. To register visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

February 14 (Afternoon Class): Equine Cruelty Investigator Series: “TBD”: Gillian Deegan, Contract Attorney. Animal Welfare professionals are invited to attend and gain a greater understanding of planning and executing large scale seizes. Deegan is a contract attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and has earned statewide recognition in Virginia as an expert in prosecuting crimes against animals. To register visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

March 1-4: Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, Harrisburg PA. DEFHR will have community outreach and adoption booths at this event. Nicky Wetzelberger will present "Fun with Horses – for Kids who Love Horses!"; Sara Strauss will have a clinic about "Enjoying your Horse’s Senior Years "; and Leigha Schrader will do a demonstration in the round pen titled, “Unbridled:  Discover the Potential in your Companion Horse”. Sara Strauss will also compete with one of DEFHR’s horses in the Rescue to Stardom Trainer’s Challenge.

February 17: Volunteer Continued Education: “Rehabilitation/Refeeding Program” - This educational program is for free of charge for DEFHR volunteers.  The class will be taught by Equine Health Director, Brittney Carow and will extremely interesting and full of information! For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

April 2: Legacy Breakout Program - Created just for Days End youth volunteers (ages 7 to 17) during spring break from school. This program has limited space which provides more hands-on time with horses and staff. In addition to volunteering in the barn, participants will be given the opportunity to participate in a riding activity. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

April 7: Wines & Equines: A Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction Event. This signature DEFHR event (formerly known as "Grapes of Hooves") starts at 6pm, at the Bolger Center, 9600 Newbridge Dr., Potomac, MD 20854. Cocktail attire.  Tickets are advanced  purchase only, due to limited seating and plated meals. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event, donate a gift-in-kind item, or view auction items, click here.

April 26: Help a Horse Day Event - We are currently working on this event. Please check back soon for details or follow us on Facebook!

April 21: Scout Day - This 2-hour program is open to all from 10:30AM - 12:30AM! Includes a tour of the farm; horse tales; activities on horse care, grooming and leading; and a short riding demonstration by DEFHR's Trainer. This program fills up fast and is open to ALL, IDEAL for Scouts who are looking to add a DEFHR badge to their collection! Advance registration required. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

June 2 -  Horse Care Education Series: Building a Bond through Groundwork with DEFHR's Head Trainer - The clinic will be instructed by DEFHR's Head Trainer, Sara Strauss, and aims to help participants further their horse handling skills.. Participation limited, advance registration required, $75 to register. Clinic is 10AM – 2PM and will be outside.

June 11: Summer Youth Legacy Program Begins - This program is for youth ages 7-17 who want to volunteer with us during the months of June, July and August while gaining valuable horse knowledge. For more information on registration, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

June 23: Volunteer Continued Education: “TBD” - This educational program is for free of charge for DEFHR volunteers. Stay tuned for class details! For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

June 27 – Equine Cruelty Investigator Series: “Horse Handling and Body Condition Scoring”. Animal welfare professionals are invited to join in on this hands-on class to advance their equine knowledge in the field. For more information, visit our DEFHR Education Programs page to pre-register for the class.

August 4 - Horse Care Education Series: Building a Bond through Groundwork with DEFHR's Head Trainer - The clinic will be instructed by DEFHR's Head Trainer, Sara Strauss, and aims to help participants further their horse handling skills.. Participation limited, advance registration required, $75 to register. Clinic is 10AM – 2PM and will be outside.

August 22-23: Two- Day Equine Cruelty Investigator Series: TWO-DAY clinic held 9:00am - 4:00pm at our farm. This clinic is designed to help cruelty investigators feel confident working with and handling equines. Any cruelty investigator who does not work with horses on a regular basis would benefit from this instruction. This course will prepare you to feel more self-assured around horses, have a better understanding of the equine mind, and be better prepared to determine when a horses needs are not being met. All participants receive a certificate of completion. Topics covered include: Case Histories, Horse Handling and Safety, Hoof Anatomy and Hoof Problems, Use of Height and Weight Tapes, Color and Breed Identification, Dental Care of Equines, Trailering Tips, Body Condition Scoring, Examining for Illness and Injury, Minimum Horse Care Standards, and The Link - Animal Abuse and Violence Against People. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

August 25: Volunteer Continued Education: “TBD” - This educational program is for free of charge for DEFHR volunteers. Stay tuned for class details! For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

September 12: Homeschool Education Program 2018-19 Begins: This program was designed exclusively for homeschool students and allows participants the opportunity to learn about equines by working hands-on with DEFHR’s own rescue horses. Topics are different each month, but in each session, students participate in classroom instruction followed by hands-on activity to reinforce the lesson. For information on registration visit DEFHR Education Programs page.

September 28: 6:00pm -10:00pm - Kick Off-Kick Back Celebration – A fun night on DEFHR’s front lawn to kick off our Fall Festival celebrations. Free for all to attend, come enjoy great food, drinks, and a band! It’s fun for the whole family!

September 29: 11:00am – 4:00pm - Fall Festival - A fun family day in the country! Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 18, and children under 5 are free! The day’s highlight will be a contest with the horses in costume, pony rides for the kids, a band on the front lawn for all to enjoy, and lots of great local vendors!

October 20- Scout Day - This 2-hour program includes a tour of the farm; horse tales; activities on horse care, grooming and leading; and a short riding demonstration by DEFHR's Trainer. This program fills up fast! Advance registration required. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

October 24 – “TBD” Equine Cruelty Investigator Series: We are currently confirming speaker availability. This information will be updated on our Equine Cruelty Investigation Series page.

November 10 - Horse Care Education Series: “I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sick” - This is an educational program offered to volunteers and the general public. This is a full day clinic full of information regarding your horse’s health. Advance registration required, $50. For more information, visit the DEFHR Education Programs page.

December 8 - Holiday Party.  Tickets include live music, dinner and an open bar. There will be dancing, silent auction items, and a raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are available. You can also choose to sponsor a Horse for the Holidays and receive a horse ornament with a picture and story of our ‘Horse of the Year’. Make your reservations for the Holiday Party early!