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Volunteers from a group of young people at the horse rescue center | New


There were lots of smiles Monday at Rainhill Equine Facility, where the Bowling Green Cumberland Presbyterian Church youth group painted fences and helped feed the horses at the rescue center.

Rainhill is on the outskirts of Bowling Green near Richardsville and is currently home to 50 abandoned and abused horses, 39 of which are completely blind.

Owner and founder Karen Thurman has the heavy task of caring for the animals. With the vast majority blind and frightened, the business can be huge.

That’s where the Bowling Green Cumberland Presbyterian Church Youth Group comes in.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the group from going on a mission trip this year, youth leader Jordan Bybee wanted to find ways to instill the ideas of service and love of others in the group of young people. from the church.

Through the recommendation of fellow church member Danna Jacobson, Bybee heard about the equine facility and saw an opportunity to help.

“It’s amazing,” Thurman said of the church’s efforts. “I’ve had the paint and the paint sprayer for about two months. It’s absolutely amazing to have someone calling and asking to do it. It’s 90 degrees. Who else is going to ask to train under the scorching sun?

A dozen children and adult guides made the trip to the refuge on Monday. Jacobson, chair of the church’s Christian education committee, had visited Rainhill with his grandchildren as part of their birthday present.

With the youth group in need of plans for the summer, Jacobson admired the work Thurman did and wanted to help.

“What she’s doing here for these horses is amazing,” said Jacobson. “The fact that she brings in these blind horses and devotes all of her resources to them – to me that is such an amazing and inspiring thing. It makes sense to go out and do something for someone who isn’t asking for help.

Jacobson said the effort is also a way for members of the youth group to “show their love for what God is doing for them in their family life by going out and helping these animals.”

Thurman is now retired after working for Western Kentucky University and Cracker Barrel. The non-profit shelter started out as a place for horse boarding and riding lessons.

However, she has felt the need over the years to help blind horses which are generally not accepted by other horse rescue organizations. Now needy horses from across the country can be found at Thurman’s facility.

The youth group also spent time meeting several horses.

Bybee said the group’s enthusiasm didn’t surprise him.

“We have a great group of kids. They are always listening. They take in whatever advice you give them, ”said Bybee. “They can’t wait to do more projects like this for the rest of the summer. They are super happy to serve their community.

Rainhill is run almost entirely with the support of donations and money from Thurman. She said the need for help is still there, with food alone costing over $ 600 a week.

Donations can be mailed to Rainhill Equine Facility, 11125 Hwy. 185, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Rainhill can also use food donations such as apples or carrots, home improvement gift cards or food stores, and donations through PayPal at

Food on behalf of Rainhill can also be purchased in Southern States at 640 Plum Springs Loop in Bowling Green.

– Follow reporter John Reecer on Twitter @JReecerBGDN or visit

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