Drifter's Hearts of Hope

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The Annie Project




Children (4-12 years)


The Annie Project was born in June, 2017, through the relationship between Drifter's Hearts of Hope, C Lazy U Ranch and The Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association.

The Mission of the program is to give dude and guest ranches a new option for retiring their horses...an option that will keep them safe from auction and out of danger of entering the slaughter pipeline.

Our goal is to create a lasting, symbiotic relationship with all members of the CDGRA (and eventually the NDGRA) and have the opportunity to find these deserving horses loving and forever homes in their retirement/transitional years. In exchange for the horses, DHOH will offer participating ranches a tax-deductible donation receipt per horse as well as social media and website promotion.

The Annie Project is a sustainable program which not only helps the horses, but also helps the ranches!


Evidence of Program's Success

To date, we have rehomed over 40 horses to wonderful families. One of the Annie Project horses, Willow (formerly known as Johnette), has been the most wonderful partner for Hailey. Here is Hailey's story about her experience with Johnette and Drifter's:

"With Willow being my first horse I wasn't sure what to expect. Yes I have ridden horses for a few years, but never to where I felt that I was more than a beginner. From the moment I reached out to Drifters Hearts of Hope I felt as if they really were trying to find me the perfect match. They were honest with me in what they thought would be fitting for my riding level. They not only showed me a few horses that matched what I was looking for but also matched me to a horse that would allow me to grow into a better rider. A horse that would push me go out of my comfort zone and advance in different stages of riding. When they introduced me to Willow, we instantly clicked and I just knew she was the right horse.

My first ride on Willow was of course at the rescue. Colleen, one of the trainers working at Drifters, pulled her out and tacked her up for me. I swung a leg over Willow and asked her to move out and I almost instantly knew she was the one I was taking home. She had the 'in your pocket' type personality and she was willing to do anything I asked of her. Within a few days we did a home check and went through the adoption application and I was loading my very first horse into the trailer. Since adopting Willow I have learned so much about riding. In our 8 months together we have rounded up cattle over hundreds of acres, we have competed in a few shows including Battle on The Rockies at the National Western Complex. We have completed dozens of trail rides from Larkspur, Elizabeth, Franktown, Parker and more. We have met handfuls of new horses and have been immersed into so many new experiences. Willow has humbled me, has taught me more than I ever knew and has pushed me as a rider. Adopting a rescue horse was by far one of the best, life changing decisions I will ever make."

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