Featured Vendor of the Month: #385, Equamore Foundation

Proceeds from one of the newer spaces at the Ashland Artisan Emporium go directly to the Equamore Foundation, Oregon’s oldest nonprofit horse rescue, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Equamore booth offers an olio of jewelry, handbags, accessories, small furniture, garden items, dishes, and bric-a-brac. Because volunteers operate Equamore’s space and all merchandise is donated, 100% of the proceeds go directly to the care of the 53 horses living at the Equamore Sanctuary on Hwy 66, just 2 miles from Interstate 5 Ashland Exit #14.

Rescuing horses is an expensive proposition, and the Foundation’s volunteers take any avenue to raise the money needed to house, feed, and care for the animals under their protection. By patronizing the Equamore booth, you will contribute to this worthy cause, for abuse and neglect exempt no breed or age. Arabs and Quarter Horses, Percherons and Dutch Warmbloods, Pasos and ponies, minis and Mustangs, old horses and young horses make up the current Equamore Sanctuary population. Special feeds, judiciously given to starving horses, help them recover physically, while a natural herd environment combined with careful training and lots of human love and attention help abused horses recover emotionally. The Equamore barns and fields are replete with the beautiful, curious, and loving animals horses were meant to be. Our sister rescues in Oregon, Washington, and California know the Foundation as the “go-to” solution for horses they find hard to place because their aggression or fear makes them dangerous.

Equamore is also known for the pledge it makes to these hard-to-place horses:  “Once an Equamore horse, always an Equamore horse.” Snoopy, the first Equamore horse, and Arlo, our latest rescue, are good examples. Snoopy entered the Foundation when he suffered an injury his owner could not afford to treat. Instead of the horrible alternative, he recovered, became a wonderful lesson horse, and is now the grand old man of the Sanctuary. A starving Arlo arrived in January of 2016, literally skin and bones. He has since gained his full body weight, regrown his bald spots, and is now a gorgeous and sweet member of the gelding herd. Without Equamore, there would have been no happy endings for these wonderful horses, who will remain at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

Please help us save abused and neglected horses for another 25 years by frequenting the Equamore Foundation booth at The Ashland Artisan Emporium

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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