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Our Permanent Residents

SVERN is a special place where you will have the opportunity, if you visit, to see an array of different horse breeds. SVERN has rescued miniature ponies, donkeys, paso finos, off the track thoroughbreds, drafts, paints, percherons; everything from an American Paint to a Welsh Cob.

Here are some of our residents at Dagwood Acres and some of our Sanctuary Horses.


Woody was one of our rare exceptions.

We actually took him in without a seizure. Abandoned at a farm outside Richmond as a baby. The new tenants contacted us and after meeting Woody we had no problem adopting him into the family.

Baby Jean

A retired OTTB. She came in with an injury

and now SVERN is her Forever Home.



Bree came into rescue with her foul over a decade ago. She has been adopted and fostered numerous times, but Bree is only happy with her people and her horses.

She is a retired winning OTTB and still the Princess of the Property.



Hunter was one of our first surrenders.

He came over with a companion.

They were abandoned at a farm for years without payment and the owners could no longer support them. He is the Big Man On Campus and runs a field with 4 donkeys and 2 paso finos.


Thelma is a beautiful, big thoroughbred with an even a bigger personality. She came to us through a seizure in 2023.
She is one of our many one eyed horses.


Rosie, Poppy & Petunia

Our Paso Finos that came from a seizure in 2019. These girls do their own thing and are incredibly independent and resilient. 

Blind Horses
Joey, Star & Spirit

All three of these guys came from our last seizure and are blind. Joey had to have an eye removed on an emergency basis within days of his seizure. Star came in with a body score of less than one. Star was by far the thinnest horse we ever received. 



Harvey one of the biggest guys on the farm, came to us very thin and frail. With a lot of feeding and work. Harvey is back to his towering self.

Every paddock we put him into the ladies adore him. He now runs one of the blind paddocks with his 3 blind ladies.

the lil ones

Blind Horses
Bobby, Daisy & Dot


Lil Joe

SVERN Mascot

Joe came to us by virtue of an owner surrender when he was no longer needed as a service animal. Joe and the other minis serve a vital role at the rescue providing educational opportunities and therapy for delinquent and disenfranchised youth and adults.

Tootsie & Rolo

Mom & Daughter Minis

Arrived on the farm in 2018 following a seizure in King William County. They now assist Lil Joe in educating and providing support to our partners in the community.


Gretchen & Ivan

Brother & Sister Mini Donkeys

These two cuties were surrendered to avoid seizure from Shenandoah County.

Their owners were getting on in age and could no longer take care of them.

They were a welcome addition to our farm.


Honey was rescued from a Clarke County Farm suffering from severe founder.

When she arrived she could barely walk.

She has mad an amazing recovery and now shares a paddock with the mini crew.

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Delilah & Lucy

Mom & Daughter Donkeys

Delilah was rescued from a certain death.

After inspection we found out she was pregnant. Delilah got the best stall and paddock treatment.

A few months later we were blessed with our first birth on the farm. Lucy has lots of videos coming to watch.

Bam Bam

Pebbles & Bam Bam

Two Great Pyrenees sisters bought for the farm to protect and serve.

Along with protection they are also very accomplished at providing affection.






Become A Platinum Sponsor of SVERN and the Farm.

Your contribution helps us provide a safe and loving home for horses who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned.

We also offer educational programs and community events to raise awareness and compassion for equine welfare.

By donating to the horse rescue, you are making a difference in the lives of these amazing animals and supporting our mission to end equine cruelty.

Your donation will go towards essential expenses such as medicine, farriers, veterinarians, and food for the horses. These costs add up quickly, especially for horses who need special care or treatment. With your help, we can ensure that our horses receive the best possible care and quality of life. We appreciate your kindness and generosity. 🐴

Click below to see your options of how to support the

Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network.

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