"The Gingersnap Girls"
file in PDF format)
founder, Ann Mercer, feeding Brell the treat of
choice - Gingersnaps!
Gingersnap Girls Foundation was there...
for an elderly woman who could no longer care for
her geriatric horse
to provide respite care for a pony whose owner was
undergoing severe emotional problems
to raise funds to assist a large animal rescue disaster
team after Hurricane Katrina
to develop a humane education curriculum for elementary
"Always Loved, Forever Remembered"
were founded in honor and memory of three mares, Calypso, Chrissy
and Flag who were each saved from the slaughter truck by their
came to us from different places and each at different times,
but together they were The Gingersnap Girls, leaving a
legacy of strength, hope, and courage in the quest to help save
other slaughter bound equines, in addition to providing aid to
any equine enduring abuse, neglect, or misunderstanding. Each
had an abiding and overwhelming love of gingersnaps!
Gingersnap Girls Equine Education and Rescue Foundation was founded
in 2004 becoming a 501 (c)(3) organization classified with the
IRS as a public charity in 2005.
Our Brochure (large
file in PDF format)
list shown on the left are but a few ways The Gingersnap Girls
Foundation assists in helping our equine friends - and human friends,
your generous support we cannot continue to help the abused, neglected,
or homeless horses and ponies. In addition, with your help, we
can continue our educational programs to ensure future generations
will not ever know abuse as we do now and there will be no need
for organizations such as the Gingersnap Girls!
"the gingersnap girls"
people have asked how "the Gingersnap Girls" got their
name. Simply - the three mares in whose honor we were founded,
All had developed a very healthy appetite for and ongoing
Love of gingersnap cookies. (Murray's being the number one
Chrissy and Flag ate them until the very days that they left us
to go to heaven. In fact, in the last two days of chrissy's life,
gingersnaps were the ONLY thing that we could get her to eat.
Calypso continued to savor them until the day she left us to join
Flag and Chrissy in January, 2005.
A friend, knowing of the girls' great fondness for this cookie,
one day asked me how the Gingersnap Girls were doing.
Years later, the name sticks!
for those that wonder if these cookies are "healthy"
treats, I have only to say that they have the vet's approval and
as proof, Chrissy lived until she was 32 years old, Flag was 33
and Calypso made the ripe old age of 30! TLC and gingersnaps are
a good combination!
was a thoroughbred, bred in Maryland, bound for the race track.
She was slow on the track and a well-meaning trainer turned her
into a fox hunter who eventually passed through several hands,
ending up alone in a field in a snowstorm with no shelter, food,
or water. A well-meaning neighbor saw her plight, and began feeding
her. When her owners planned to take her to a livestock sale because
she was no longer wanted, this same neighbor stepped in and contacted
a local equine rescue group where she was quickly adopted by our
SHADES OF THE
Against every season's landscape
From summer's green to winter's bare limbs,
I have watched these three souls
Learn to trust again, and become friends.
They came from very different places
And to me at different times,
But from the moment I saw each brown eye,
I knew I was theirs and they were mine.
I will never know who once taught one to be so loving,
Or who gave confidence to the one so bold and sure,
Or the man who inflicted such pain,
That the third one had to endure.
I can never know how their spirits have persevered,
Or what their eyes have seen,
But, my thanks will always be to those who spared them
From what their fates might have been.
For myself, I only know what joy they bring,
And how I want their lives only filled with bliss,
And, I only know they are my "Shades of the Earth",
Known to my heart as Calypso, Flag, and Chris . . .
M.A. Mercer 5/95
No early history is known of this sweet mare except that someone
must have been very kind to her at one time for she had the most
loving of dispositions. But someone else was not so kind, leaving
Flag and another horse abandoned in a field - moving away and
leaving them with no food or water. Again, a kind stranger noticed
and took action.
Chris was found at a livestock auction boarding a killer buyer's
truck. She was bought for $150 by another person who "just
wanted to help." She had won over $200,000 on the track for
her owner, became a broodmare and was then left to fend for herself
in a back field of her owner's property. No food, very little
water, no medical care. When she was found, she was hundreds of
pounds underweight with rain rot, and was very mistrustful of
everyone. Her owner had tried to get the last nickel out of her
by selling her to the killer buyers where she would have become
food for a European or Japanese plate!