For the Love of Horses

x_lovehorses3The Valenti Foundation hosted a fundraiser, For the Love of Horses, to benefit Saving Horses, Inc. (SHI) at the Valenti Equestrian Club in Rancho Santa Fe in February. Guests were treated to mimosas, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet chocolates, musical entertainment, and a silent auction. The event sponsor, Rolls-Royce of La Jolla, showcased three models from the collection and offered guests the opportunity to bid on the use of a Rolls-Royce vehicle for a weekend.

For the past 10 years, Encinitas-based SHI has been rescuing horses from slaughter, abuse, and neglect, and rehabilitating and placing them in loving homes when possible. SHI currently has 12 sanctuary horses that are used in the Equine Assisted Therapy Program as well, which assists individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Through grants and charitable contributions, SHI is able to offer counseling scholarships to those that would otherwise be unable to afford such a program.

x_lovehorses2The Valenti Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Irene Valenti in 2005 as a way to give back to the global community. “When I learned about the need to raise funds for this local equine nonprofit organization, I knew immediately that I wanted to help,” Irene said. “I have rescued horses in the past and know that the maintenance costs quickly escalate to care for these magnificent animals, particularly for veterinary bills, feed, and housing. Because Saving Horses also offers therapy programs, we can save horses from neglect and treat individuals with medical conditions at the same time.” For more information about the Valenti Foundation visit To learn more about SHI go to