2023 ATFO Adoptable Mares

40 Horses for Adoption

APPLY to Adopt today – Follow the 100 Day training Journey. Attend or Bid Remotely once approved on August 19th

SHOWCASE horses can BE adopted sooner than August 19th – reach out to the trainer to see if they feel these horses are ready to adopt now.

To adopt an ATFO horse, you need to know these things:

  • Follow the 100 day training process of over 40 horses HERE
  • Most of these horses receive 100 days of knowledgeable and thorough training by one of our approved trainers leading up to a three day 2023 event from August 17-19th in Winfield, WV.
  • Horses adopted during a live auction to approved homes. You do not have to be present to bid. You can do so via phone with a proxy assigned to you.
  • At least HALF of these horses are 100 day training only horses. For those, it means you need to be a solid intermediate rider for most of these horses and/or plan to have the horse continue training. Most ATFO trainers are offering continued training at a discount. The will not be suitable for adopters without established experience.
  • There may be as many as 40 horses in this event from which to select. You can bid on horses that are suitable for your skill level.
  • Approval allows you to bid on any suitable horses for which you are approved. Approval doesn’t require you bid or adopt. It just gives you the option to do so.
  • You must apply HERE before August 15th and be approved to be able to BID on event horses, and you are encouraged to meet these horses beforehand while in training.
  • Horses should be up to date on dental, farrier care and vaccines, as well as deworming and coggins.
  • Diamond division horses start at $1,200 bids. Platinum start at $1,000. Showcase Starting bids are $800. Adoptions fees vary. The average winning fee was $2,500 in 2021
  • The value of training for these horses alone is over $3,000 per horse. Horses can have their adoption fees paid via cash, check, paypal or square. Credit Cards can be used, but only with a 3% fee charge added.
  • Adoption isn’t a sale. It works differently, but it is a process that is good for you and horses. When you adopt, you can compete with, show, love, trail ride and enjoy your horse. They cannot be bred. They cannot be sold, though. They are adopted and must return to the rescue if you change your mind or cannot keep the horse. The base adoption fee we set of $800 is returned, if you request it, when the horse comes back to us. You can learn about adoption here. The horses go on adoption agreements through Heart of Phoenix.
  • Once you bid, you’ve entered a legally binding agreement. You cannot retract your bid. Should you opt to not complete the payment after bidding, you will not be considered in the future for adoption at HOP. Once you’ve made your payment, it is not refundable for any reason except for the contract’s specified based fee of $800, and the horse must be returned to us. Any funds over the refundable $800 fee do become a donation to the organization and would then be tax deductible.
  • Many trainers will transport horses back for A FEE. Please talk to them ahead of time about this.
  • Horses adopt on Contracts, are branded to HOP and micro-chipped.

Search the HASHTAG #HOPTEAM and add the name of the equine on social media or google to find more about them

Rizzo – 14.2HH est Mare NOT GAITED

Author: T. Creamer

Director of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC Wvhorserescue.org HomesteadHer, Photographer, Advocate for kindness, common sense and freedom

4 thoughts

  1. Do you ever adopt horses to people who live farther away from WV than would allow them to come and meet the horse and talk to the trainer? I know it wouldn’t be an ideal setup and would like to meet the horse before purchase but I live in Iowa and know I wouldn’t be able to get out there, at least this year. Just wanted to find out if HOP ever does that or not. I love everything about HOP – your mission, your results, the educational articles shared, and the help they’ve given me when I messaged them with a question.
    If you could let me know about the possibility of adopting from farther away, it would be much appreciated.
    Coralene Hall


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