Owners went AWOL ... and horses need homes

Eleven abandoned horses were rescued, standing in their own filth, after a mother/daughter team of barn owners/managers went missing in Southeast Wisconsin earlier this month. When they were found, the horses had no access to hay, feed or potable water.

Princess and Little Prince
The equines were listed for adoption by Clawz and Paws, a family-owned animal control service that picked up the horses at the request of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

Clawz and Pawz transported the herd, including a mare and foal, from the Willow Crest Equestrian Center, in Bristol, Wisconsin, to Stonehedge Farm LLC, in Union Grove.

Intriguingly, the Willow Crest barn website claims one of the owners to be "currently working on obtaining her degree in Veterinary Medicine," studying "to develop her growing knowledge in nutrition, reproduction and farm management."

Stonehedge owners Klaus and Erika Dierks began recuperating the malnourished horses, after taking in the abandoned equines.

Several of the horses have been placed for adoption.

A few may remain, awaiting new ownership. Many of the emaciated equines possessed promising pedigrees.

All of the horses seemed to improve quickly, once they were placed in clean stables and pastures with access to clean water, hay and feed.

The rescued horses included:

  1. Athena, Appaloosa mare (senior) - ADOPTED
  2. Brownie, Arabian filly (1 year old) - ADOPTED
  3. Charm, Arabian mare (8 years old and possible in-foal)
  4. Little Prince, Arabian colt (approximately 4 months old)
  5. Oreo, Arabian colt (approximately 5-6 months old) - ADOPTED
  6. Princess, Arabian mare (senior)
  7. Pumpkin, Paint filly (approximately 2 years old)
  8. Shadow, Arabian colt (approximately 5-6 months old) - ADOPTED
  9. Summer, Arabian mare (senior) - ADOPTED
  10. Sunny’s Son, Arabian colt (approximately 1 1/2 months old) - ADOPTED
  11. Virtuoso (“Charlie”), Arabian Stallion (4-5 years old)
(NOTE: I visited the horses personally this weekend at Stonehedge Farm, 
speaking with Klaus and Erika Dierks 
and with Robert W. Melby, Jr., of Clawz and Pawz. 
Those currently available are listed above in blue boldface type.)

Possibly, Charlie is the sire of all of the youngsters, as the stallion is believed to have been turned out routinely in a shared pasture with the mares and foals at Willow Crest.
Horse lovers interested in possible adoptions of these equines may contact Clawz and Pawz by phone (262-880-3482) or email (

Update: As of May 29th, 
all of the rescued horses 
had reportedly been placed for adoption, 
with the exception of Charlie, 
the young stallion
(pictured at right).
Adoptable Horse photos
From Clawz and Pawz

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