By The Plaid Horse Intern Amy Coretz
While most six-year-olds are concerned about which toys they want to receive for their birthday, six-year-old Hailey Fox of Monticello, Florida, was more concerned about helping the horses in need at the Triple R Horse Rescue. Triple R is a non-profit organization that acquires and provides a safe-haven for abused, neglected, starving, and horses in need.
Hailey sat on a horse for the first time at just five weeks old. Once she became old enough, Hailey began riding horses at Southern Oaks Equestrian Center with her trainer, Marsha Hartford-Sapp. Hailey now has her own horse, Cool Beans, who is known around the barn as “Flicka”. Hailey soon realized just how lucky she and her horse were to have everything they needed, and then some. As the kind-hearted 6-year-old that she is, she chose to give up birthday gifts in exchange for monetary donations to fund the care of rescued horses in need. When Hailey was asked why she made this decision, she explained that “I knew I didn’t need anymore ‘stuff’. My Mom helped me come up with this idea…I decided that it would be better to help the horses for my birthday than to ask for more presents.” With the help of her community, she raised a total of $444.
Triple R Horse Rescue is a private charitable organization. They run solely off of donations from kind-hearted families and individuals, like Hailey. “Since our founding [in 2009], we have taken in, rehabilitated and adopted out about 100 horses in our area, which includes Tallahassee (Leon County), Florida, several counties surrounding Tallahassee
Triple R Horse Rescue plans to put Hailey’s contribution towards something special so that Hailey can see how much good her donation has done for an individual animal, but they have not yet decided on what that special something will be.
Hailey is a young girl with a big heart who chose to make a difference in the world. Hailey is a true role model whose generosity exhibits that you are never too young to contribute to charity and to help make the world a better place, one birthday at a time.