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ESS Calendar

Events and News

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Photos from 2019. Click on photo for full size images.

August 2018 update:

Our new garden area is completed! THANK YOU to the Taos Garden Club for making this beautiful addition to ESS possible.

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2018 Holiday Horse Party photos


Open for volunteers and visitors on our regular open days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 4.

Notes from our 2024 Annual meeting can be read here: 2023-24 Summary.   Additional stats 2023 handout.

A big, big thank you to everyone who donated to our end of the year fund raiser and made donations to help support our programs! Watch here for updates on our 2024 programs.

December 2023 End of the Year News - Click here for our 2023 end of the year letter..

Congratulations to Jane Marquet, whose name was picked for this beautiful 
Barbara Meikle donkey print! 

2023 HOLIDAY OPEN BARNS - First three Saturdays in December - Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free pony rides for the rides (weather permitting), a grooming and petting corral with our miniature donkeys, and free refreshments for everyone. Come out and meet our herd of beautiful horses, donkeys, mini horses and ponies. This is not a big fund raiser like we have had in previous years, but there will be a table of some wonderful gift items available for purchase for horse lovers.  Click here for flyer with full details.  


Winter mini-clinics.

April 22 clinic. Click here for flyer.


2022 Financial Summary.

Winter classes and events at ESS:

NEW THURSDAY GROUP: Discussion forum - Honoring the Spirit of the Horse: Awareness, Connection and Resiliency. Click here for full details.

2023 Annual Meeting: Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m. at ESS. Open to anyone interested. Review of 2022, plans for 2023 to be discussed.

December 2022 End of the Year News - Click here for our 2022 end of the year letter.

2022 YEAR END FUNDRAISER! All donations were matched, up to $6,000!!!  THANK YOU to all who donated!

NOVEMBER news and updates. Click here for PDF version.
HAY FUND RAISER - Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2022 Hay Fundraiser. 
​Anna Blake Clinic - August 29-31

Held August 29 - 31, the Writing & Riding with ANNA BLAKE was wonderful! The clinic date included private riding
lessons, a half day writing workshop and a full clinic day for the ESS volunteers. A big thanks to Anna for a very
educational clinic! 
To learn more about Anna,  go to  


February 2022:

Review of 2021 and plans for 2022. Click here.


Read to the Donkeys program

March 15, 2021 News Update letter

The 2020 Holiday Horse Party had to be canceled due to COVID shutdown. 

BUT - you can watch our holiday greeting by clicking here!

November: Bindy, the Tiny Donkey With a Big Heart,

children's story book is now available for purchase as a paperback

or a kindle book on 

Click here for The Taos News article about this book.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary in the News


2016 News and Articles

Meet Dustee, Equine Spirit Sanctuary's Therapy Horse

Holiday Horse Party

Earlier Years at Equine Spirit Sanctuary - 2015

2012 - 2014 News and Articles

2014 Slide Show 

May 2013 News

2013 Mark Rashid Clinic

2011 News and Articles

Taos Pet Guide "Serious Horse Play" article

Taos Aglow "What Would the Holidays be ... without donkeys" article

2011 Christmas Letter


Bindy was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Milagro Animal Award presented by Animal Protection of New Mexico. The award was presented October 1, 2011 at a banquet in Santa Fe. Bindy was recognized for his "outstanding intelligence and/or courage."

Santa Fe artist Barbara Meikel sponsored Bindy's award and created a beautiful oil painting of Bindy and Tali, titled "He's My Hero." Animal Protection of NM did a video of Bindy and ESS that was shown at the awards ceremony.

We are very proud of Bindy's accomplishments. He's just a tiny little donkey, but he has a big, big heart and he is an important part of the ESS family as well as our mascot.

Bindy wearing his silver medallion posing with a giclee of the painting, a limited edition of 200. Barbara is donating proceeds of the sale of these giclees to ESS and Animal Protection Services of New Mexico. Contact Barbara at Meikle Fine Art for purchase information.

Bindy, Milagro Animal Award winning donkey

2010 News and Events

2018 Articles

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