We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqui Avis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqui, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Drifter’s Hearts of Hope (DHOH) helps the community through rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming at-risk horses. When I founded the rescue in 2014, I wanted to create another option for horses that were facing hardships to help guide them toward a safe landing. To date, DHOH has changed the lives of over 540 horses. However, our work goes behind just the horses: in helping these horses, we are also helping those that were no longer able to care for them as well as the families that become these horses’ forever homes. In addition to rescuing horses, DHOH builds community: we provide resources to adopters and horse owners, give advice in trying times, and lend a helping hand whenever we can. After recognizing the challenges our neighbors were facing in 2020, we spearheaded our COVID-19 Equine Assistance program where we provide a short-term donation of feed for those who are facing financial challenges. If you’re interested in helping DHOH help more horses (and more people!), you can learn more here:https://www.driftersheartsofhope.org/support.html. We’d love to hear from you, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a horse person for as long as I can remember. In this time, I built my brand of a horse-centric approach to barn management. The horses come first, whether it be a 2am trip to the barn to care for a colicky horse or a 4am wake up to muck stalls. This approach is demonstrated throughout the barn and rescue, and is a part of the culture at DHOH. Our horses are our customers, and we want to do right by each and every one of them. In doing right by the horses, we do right by the people: our supporters, donors, adopters, and volunteers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting, I would take them to the mountains to explore the outdoors. Colorado has fantastic opportunities to take the Jeep, hike, ski, and get out in nature. Telluride and Aspen have special places in my heart and I enjoy sharing them with friends and family!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to highlight the volunteers, Board of Directors, donors, adopters and benefactors of Drifter’s Hearts of Hope. Horse rescue is a team sport and I am so grateful for the team that has helped so many horses!
Katie Puc, The Right Horse Initiative, Jacqui Avis, Drifter’s Hearts of Hope