Cathy - President
Cathy Ellis/Gagliadi is the President of Rein Rescue, and here is her story.
I guess my love of horses began as a child but my parents lived in the suburbs and could never afford a horse for me. Both of my parents struggled and worked 6 days a week
My dad owned a timber business, and was also a VFL umpire - After his umpiring career he became the man up the top of the stadiums who watched the umpires and wrote reports on their abilities as an umpire. My dad has always been my inspiration.
My mum worked at the RMIT campuses as the secretary; "for the big bosses" as she used to say lol
My love of horses never changed, however I just did not want to burden my parents, as money was always very tight and I understood this.
Occasionally, When I was younger; I would go riding with my friends from school and some of my cousins however that was as far as I got with horses, I had never had the chance to own one and care for one myself.
After I had my daughter, the passion began to burn again inside of me, but I said nothing about it. She began to show her interest in horses as she grew, she had her riding lessons but that was it.
However she hounded me for years for a horse. I always had it in my heart to make her dream become a reality when she was at an age that she could take on the responsibility.
That day finally arrived, in January 2013, our first horse, a chestnut mare thoroughbred Bella was purchased.
My daughter had struggled after the passing of my dad and for 2 months she stayed in her room depressed after the loss. I knew that I needed to draw her attention on to something she loved.
I finally decided it was time,
It was the best decision I have ever made, both for my daughter and myself. I have met so many people along my journey in rescue, However I never ever dreamed that my dream of owning a rescue would ever become a reality. Meeting certain people along the way that helped make it happen and sadly we are today divided as friends
But I still thank them for helping my dream come true.
Rein was born in my kitchen with my friend in January 2015
It was just a FB page back then
Then I realised how we could grow it to make it a success and help so many people and horses
I registered the business as a charity in March 2015 and from there we took off
We have had some bumps along the way but you always get bumps and creases while paving your way through something like this
The horse world can be very dark and nasty but if u over come those and think positive and why we are doing this then the sky's the limit
Rein has 2 major bases
One being here with me in Warranwood and the other with my Vice President and great friend Julie in
My dream is to find another somewhere in between so we can continue to keep on rehabilitating horses and finding their new humans to love
So many horses are broken but they can be fixed , we have fixed so Many and they are living the life to this day
With special thanks to some wonderful people who dedicated their time and generosity to helping us help the horses.
Some sadly have passed but at least we gave them new hope and showed them that not all humans are cruel and they can be loved again and some even trusted again
As a rescue and charity we could not do this without the love and support of so many wonderful members who have become life long friends also
It doesn't only take money to help a charity
It helps I won't deny that.
But there are other ways to help even just by helping on the posts with information donating rugs halters etc or like 3 wonderful woman have just done recently by holding a garage sale and depositing The proceeds to rein as their help
The help is endless and I for one will say a huge thank you to all who help us help the baby's
Cause without u and us they would be not loved warm or fed
So I thank each and everyone of my admin team and our awesome supporters out there.
Julie - Vice President
Julie Burton is the Vice President of Rein Rescue and here is her story.
In my 37 years of my life my passion has grown dramatically. All kinds of animals big and small. No I'm not a vegan but I am against any kind of cruelty.
My passion grew for horses from the age of 13 which is when I relocated to a small country town called landsborough which had a population of 200. Relocated from the Yarra valley. Huge culture shock for this young teenager. I hated this new place until I started to experience horses and boys. My new found friend Rachael who is the same age allowed me to go horse riding with her. She taught me all I needed to know about this beautiful creature and taught me to ride. It wasn't long before my mum and dad got me my first pony. We were inseparable. My little 13.3 taffy pony who was actually called Taffy. She was the best. We went everywhere. Loved riding in the Pyrenees ranges the best. I never competed but never wanted to either. I was a bush rider through and through.
When I was 20 my poor pony died. Bitten by a tiger snake. I was heartbroken. Not only did I loose her I lost her unborn foal. I was shattered. Some may say why was I breeding a foal and I will tell u that I was young and stupid.
By this stage my passion for Arabs grew. I now had owned 3 of them. But did have to sell them due to severe drought conditions. So for 15 years I did not own a horse. It wasn't until I started following SAHA that my passion and myself were reunited. I saved my first saleyard horse from his certain death by doggers. He was a six year old part Arab who I named Patrick. A stunning grey. And whoops along came wilbur.
A few months later I met a very special lady. Cathy Gagliardi. I joined Rein Rescue which was a new horse rescue. I was fostering there mare Rein cranky pants. It wasn't long and I joined Cathy as a admin member. I was in my element. This was me. Saving horses.
Wow what a whirl wind 18 months that we have had. We have had a lot of triumphs and a lot of lows. The low that still eats at me everyday was the day I had to lay our precious Layla to rest. She was just to broken to put back together again. And she was just 9 years of age.
We have a team of 5 and we are family. I'm so proud of us at Rein and I feel we can conquer anything we put our mind to. I also love everyone of our precious supporters.