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Our Charities
Proceeds from Vermont Dressage Days benefit two Vermont charities, and we are proud to help these outstanding organizations fulfill their missions:
Steps to End Domestic Violence (formerly Women Helping Battered Women):
Steps to End Domestic Violence is a prevention and advocacy organization dedicated to helping those who have experienced domestic violence achieve safety and independence. Serving Chittenden County since 1974, Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a variety of services tailored to the individual needs and goals of each person we serve.
Services include:

Hotline - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Emergency and Transitional Housing
Legal Advocacy
Economic Justice Advocacy
Children’s Program
Education and Prevention
Support Group

Visit for more information.

The Dorset Equine Rescue:
The Dorset Equine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in East Dorset, VT. We are dedicated to rescuing equines, restoring their health and wellness, and providing a natural environment in which they can heal both physically and mentally until they can be adopted into their forever homes.

The Dorset Equine Rescue started in 2012 when I heard a news story about 38 abused and starving miniature horses that were up for adoption just outside Boston. I adopted two and brought them to my backyard barn in Vermont. I didn’t know it at the time but my life was forever changed.
When the horses arrived they were a very sorry sight- they had rotting patches of hair falling out, they were all ribs and their nutrition was so bad their teeth were black. Daisy and Duke were put on strict diets to help them regain their health and to put on desperately needed weight. After many months of care and work they slowly regained their health and learned to trust people again. They also learned proper horsemanners so they would be safe around people and behave correctly. After a year, Daisy and Duke grew thick coats, gained lots of weight and started to look like normal horses again. Their teeth even returned to being white.
As the horses got better I realized how much Daisy and Duke were part of my family and how important they were to me. Rescuing horses fed my soul and I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Daisy and Duke weren’t just horses, they were an essential part of me. Rescuing horses is now a major part of my life.
—Jen Soderberg Straub
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