I've seen first hand this charity do what "couldn't be done." The most sincere hardest working organization out there.
Polo Pony Rescue truly has their horses’ welfare their top priority. I’ve known Cathy Trope for over 6 years as an adopter and now as a friend. She’s a financially responsible and completely transparent in her business practice. I couldn’t recommend her or her non-profit more highly.
Polo Pony Rescue is a great non-profit! Cathy Trope is responsible, hard working and totally transparent with all aspects of her organization. The horses come first - both coming and going. She keeps close tabs on all her adopted horses and close contact with those who have placed their horses with her, trusting that their horse will be rehomed and well cared for by their new family. A few years ago we were lucky to adopt two ponies from Cathy, “China” and “Katie”, previously known as “Shortcake”. Both horses are still active, happy and loved members of our family. We will continue to support this wonderful non- profit. I recommend this worthy organization to any horse enthusiast, not only those involved in polo.
I really respect and like Cathy. She is an honest, sensible, experienced equestrienne who knows her job and her horses. She takes great care of the rescued horses in her care, even if she has to go hungry to keep them fed. I would not hesitate to have her care for any horse I had.
Cathy works so hard with these horses. Ive gotten some of the most amazing horses from her. She is tireless in her efforts not only to help the horses but the horse people as well. She IS the rescue for polo ponies and TB's alike. Thank you Cathy!
Polo Pony rescue is an invaluable organization! Cathy puts her heart & soul into this, and is the eyes and ears of what happens to a ton of polo ponies once they are done being able to play. She is highly respected and it is not only comforting but important to have someone doing what she is doing. Thank you so much. Our horses thank you as well.
I 'm a volunteer.. and I come everyday to..feed..clean.. and do scritches! Best rescue.. takes care of the old ones.. does without ..the horses comes 1st!
Great rescue...rehabs...some are there for life....but always looking for that special person...AND...they check up on their placements!
Cathy and her crew work tirelessly to help horses in need, this goes all the way from those horses suffering ill placement with irresponsible owners to slaughter bound horses . Solid, reliable, sound, extensive horse experience and tireless dedication of each and every volunteer ensures the well being and proper decision making for all horses in their care. The ability to evaluate all aspects of the rescue horse in need ensures proper recovery, rehabilitation, retraining and eventual rehoming or sanctuary determination.
One of the best horse rescue programs in the nation.
Polo Pony Rescue is an excellent and reputable organization. We adopted a horse from them and he was wonderful. Unfortunately, we had to return him for reasons out of our control and they were gracious through the process. Clean facilities and horses well cared for.
An absolutely amazing organization with a great director who is totally committed to horses.
Can't say enough about their efforts to make sure no retired polo pony ends up in a bad situation.
This woman takes immaculate care of her rescues. She doesn't over commit or overextend herself financially, which often leads to financial ruin for most rescues. She's smart and honest and puts her horses and their quality of life first. She rehomes and restarts many polo horses after their careers are done so they have a job that guarantees their welfare. I highly recommend this rescue, please donate to her so she can continue to take care of retired horses and give them a good quality of life. She does not resort to questionable tactics to extort money from donors, she is up front, honest, and real about her operation and that's really refreshing.
Cathy always does such an amazing job with caring for the horses. They ALWAYS come first. She has shown that her rescue comes first, time and time again. She is also always there to help others out in need as well. The woman is a true giver from the heart.
Great non profit. Have networked through PPR to get my horse and helped a few out through PPR. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!
Cathy and her team do amazing things for the animals in their care and networking for animals they can’t take on. She truly is an asset to the equestrian community!!!!
This rescue is one of the most responsible, practical and ethical ones I’ve ever encountered.
This is a professionally managed, responsible, serious rescue. I'm very careful where I make donations of time, services and money. PPR is my first choice as I know, firsthand, they do the best possible for each equine.
Polo Pony Rescue is the best animal rescue I know. Cathy Trope, President of PPR, works tirelessly to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome equines. She puts every penny that is donated to providing the highest level of care to her horses and has established a reliable network of volunteers and foster homes to support that goal.
Cathy is very well known in the equine community and has been an advocate for responsible horse rescue and ownership. Her articles, blogs and posts reflect her lifelong dedication to helping horses in need and educating the public about equine health and humane issues .
Although most of her horses are from Polo backgrounds, she routinely participates in rescues of any equine in need. We are proud to have passed her stringent requirements to to be allowed to foster a wonderful Polo Pony and a Hunter/Jumper Thoroughbred, and we were even able to adopt an older pony mule from her amazing organization, who is our ranch mascot!
Polo Pony Rescue is what true rescues should be, holding the best interests of the animal as the highest priority and taking responsibility for the life of each equine.
Cathy Trope has dedicated her life to the betterment of polo ponies and other at risk equines through education, networking and providing a safe haven where these hard-working athletes can recover, rehabilitate, be retrained and be placed with responsible fosters and caring homes.Every donated penny is used to care for the animals and she works tirelessly to help support her mission.
I am honored that she has entrusted me with fostering 2 of her wonderful horses and allowed me to adopt my adorable older pony mule, Bubba, who may not be a polo pony, but needed a home and was offered to me because I have experience with mules.
Polo Pony Rescue is one of the most honest and well run horse rescues in the nation. All of their horses are in tip-top shape and receive the wonderful care.
Love what Kathy and the crew do with and for the horses that one to them. The young and old get much love and care, with proper vetting for both horse and adopter. Hats off to you and all you do!! Wish more rescuers had as much heart as you!!
Great group that really cares about their animals and is very accountable about them all. You never have to worry or wonder about where they are or how they are doing. Working very hard to give each animal the best care.
Polo Pony Rescue is a fantastic organization. They take great care of at-risk horses and do their best to educate the public about proper equine maintenance. I donate often, and wish I could do even more.
For well over a decade I've witnessed Kathy blend passion with professionalism in her non-profit rescue management.
PPR is a model of accountability, transparency and results-driven stewardship of resources to benefit the horses under PPR's care.
Potential donors, volunteers and others who are considering involvement with PPR can rest assured that their investment goes to the mission and their participation is sincerely appreciated and respected.
Cathy does a great job with PPR and its mission. She doesn't take on more than she can afford, keeps the horses fat and happy, retrains the rideable ones for new jobs. She is a model rescue organizer. She is smart and organized and outspoken about the ugly underbelly of the rescue business. She keeps her promises to her rescues, committing to each one of them for life.
Kathy is tireless hero for the many horses she takes in. She is passionate and knowledgable about the care of the horses at the rescue. I have visited and can attest first hand to the five star rating!
I take seriously the advice to check out organizations before donating to them. I visit Polo Pony Rescue before every donation to ensure my hard-earned money will be put to the use intended. In every visit I have observed every horse is cared for on an individual basis according to their needs and preferences. Plus excellent judgement on the level of veterinary care. I highly recommend this rescue with its very unusual niche specialty - polo ponies transform into good riding horses with the right training, and have many good qualities normally overlooked.
If I could award 6 stars, I would...
Polo ponies spend their playing years working hard and being a good part of a team. Once those days are over, they are useful in less-stressful private homes. Their readjustment care at the hands of experienced, compassionate Cathy Trope is a model for other rescues. It really is ALL about the horses. You can donate here - and adopt - knowing the ethics are as good as the knowledge.
They do great work rescuing and rehabbing polo horses. At a riding school where I volunteer and ride (Traditional Equitation School), they have had many horses from Polo Pony Rescue. When the horses are done with their teaching careers, they get to enjoy retirement at Polo Pony Rescue!
Amazing, experienced, proactive, collaborative and above all, always puts equine welfare first.
I have known the founder of PPR for over 20 years, and her commitment to horses is the real deal. Not only does she (and the rest of PPR's members and volunteers) make immeasurable sacrifices to rehab these horses, they ensure each and every one is taken care of for life. The rescue also fosters great relationships with the horse rescue community to educate, build networks, and cast the widest helpful net possible. I donate monthly because I know with PPR's knowledge and experience, every dollar is maximized to help!
Great Horse Rescue! I have been to the rescue many times and the horses are so well taken care of. Polo Pony Rescue is great they care where the horses are placed. , take the best care of their rescues and keep the ones in a happy place for retirement when they can no longer be used. We adopted a mare from them and had a great experience
I met Cathy Trope in Aiken SC. She is the real deal. She tirelessly goes out of her way across the country to save these animals. This is a real rescue unlike a lot of sham operations. I can’t imagine the hours she spends. She is also an Amazon approved SMILE Amazon nonprofit.
I have known Cathy, the founder, for years, and support Polo Pony Rescue because she is transparent and ethical in her conduct and use of funds. I am a full sponsor of Violet, one of the retirees, after sponsoring Poppy, another retiree.
Cathy has always acted in the best interest of the horses, and has been honest and upfront about the challenges in operating a donation-reliant rescue. I have been involved in equine welfare and advocacy for over 10 years - Cathy is always willing to share her expertise and experience to educate anyone who asks. I have had negative experiences with other NFPs, and learned how to spot those that might not be operating under established best practices before getting too deeply involved.
I am happy to endorse Polo Pony Rescue.
No only do they "rescue" polo ponies that may end up in dire circumstances, but they also help people in the polo community find second careers or retirement options for their retiring ponies, to avoid the situation in the first place.
I have been a donor, a foster and an adopter from Polo Pony Rescue over the last few years. I first was introduced to them via the lesson barn I was riding at during that time, in Los Angeles. Our barn manager thought very highly of Cathy and PPR, so I started following them and soon became a donor. When we moved out of state, I fostered and then subsequently adopted 2 horses.
My experience is that Cathy is one of the most knowledgeable horsewomen I’ve known. She also understands the rescue industry much better than most. She truly has the interests of the horses and their welfare FIRST, which is sadly lacking in some other rescue operations.
I’m proud to be associated with Polo Pony Rescue as a more than satisfied client. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to volunteer, donate, foster or adopt.
Kathy and this group are top notch and care deeply about horses from all walks of life not just polo. If there is ever a time weve needed help she steps up in big ways to make a difference in horse rescue and re homing.
This is a great organization! Cathy helped me to place my retired polo mare in a new home where she was the barn princess and now has a safe place to live out her days in comfort. PPR worked with me to find the right match and I get to stay in touch with my mare’s new mom. Wholeheartedly recommend this rescue organization!!
PPR does amazing work with very deserving retired polo ponies. These horses have worked hard their entire lives and all too often end up with no good options at the end of their career. PPR rescues these amazing equine seniors and finds them other job opportunities in other disciplines or finds them pasture retirement homes for life. All their ponies are fat, sassy, and receive massage work , vet care, and customized feeding programs.
I purchased a horse from them 3 years ago and it was such an amazing experience. They really made sure that the horse would be taken care of and verified my ability to care for him. They have also kept in touch and help me with any concerns I have, even ones regarding other horses. I have also been able to find out some information about my horse. They are the most caring rescue I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Cathy of polo pony rescue helped to find my horse Cabazon that no longer wanted to play polo a home. She has kept me up to date with pictures on his new life with his new owner doing Harrell racing and drill team! She is really trying to help ex polo horses find a new home! Horses cost lots of money so be sure to send your horse that needs a home to cathy along with a donation.
Polo Pony Rescue is amazing. Cathy takes amazing care of the horses in her program and is very transparent about each and every horse. She knows where every adopted horse is and regularly gives updates on how they're doing in their new homes.
An A+ rescue! I sent an inquiry when I was looking to adopt a horse and Cathy was extremely transparent in how they operated and that at the moment they didn't have a match for me. Our paths crossed again later when I adopted a horse from a different rescue. Through this crossing, I did come up and see their facility and WOW! It was impeccably clean, all the horses were fat and happy and each of them got an ample amount of turn out time. Extremely impressed with both their transparency along with how the horses are treated. Hell, I wish I was a horse there!
Polo pony rescue does great work. They do a great job networking their horses to potential adopters, and are honest about each horse’s abilities.
Polo Pony Rescue is responsibly run and does great work. I am confident that every horse they take in receives professional care and the retraining needed to find a new home.
I'm a polo player and I can't say enough about what Polo Pony Rescue does to save those poor animals that had been abandoned by their former owners. Cathy is the best and always willing to lend a hand, make a great suggestion or rescue a horse I give her and her charity top ratings
Very well run rescue. The woman who runs it is knowledgeable, forthright and candid. She has been doing this a long time and does it very well.
I have worked with Polo Pony Rescue both personally and as a business (HYT Polo, LLC) and have nothing but the best things to say about them. They have helped me find amazing homes for my retired ponies! I am always happy to donate to this wonderful organization
I met Cathy when my husband saw a picture of a horse that she had rescued. The add was completely honest; it stated that this horse needed someone that could afford to feed him. So we drove to PPR and met Cathy and the horse. My husband only saw a big beautiful horse and still did not hear( didn’t want to) that he ate a lot. I on the other hand, found a beautiful Morgan and was told his only problem was a stifle that would get stuck occasionally. I rode him in a dress and both horses were delivered to us after we passed the checks. The horse that my husband got was so cool and personable that I literally had my coffee with him. But my husband finally realized he was feeding 3 horses because his horse ate so much. Meanwhile, I’d fallen in love. Two weeks later, Cathy picked him up, no questions asked. I stopped by Polo Pony Rescue many times with no notice. All the horses were clean, fed, and happy. Cathy was usually cleaning stalls , keeping that place so clean. Later, my son had riding lessons there, and when my husband asked why we were not shown the perfect for his needs horse that my son was riding, Cathy told him it was because I tended to ride out alone, and this horse was not good at that. So she listened to our needs, but my husband didn’t listen to what she wrote and stated.
The horse I got, Morning, was 19 then and is 24 now. He has had a slight stifle problem but nothing major. Exactly as they stated. I would highly recommend this rescue. Cathy is very knowledgeable about horses in general and knows her horses very well. I just wish I could win the lottery and give her half so she could continue to care for horses as if they were Olympic champions.
We got two horses from Polo Pony Rescue. I will always have one of them , but the other did not work out. We saw his picture on vacation , and it said "someone that can afford to feed him." I pointed that out to my husband but he could only see the horse, I was swept up in it when I met him, a truly remarkable horse you could have coffee with. Two weeks after we got him, it became apparent that Cathy was not exaggerating . Polo Pony Rescue took him back, with me crying before they got there. I stopped by this rescue many times, sometimes unannounced , and everything was always perfect . Very happy, well taken care of horses. We have the same farrier, and we discuss how we could help this rescue, because each horse is treated like a 6million dollar horse. If you are looking for a smart, kind rescue, look no further, you just found Polo Pony Rescue!
Polo Pony Rescue is one of the GOOD ones, in the world of rescue! They provide a soft landing for retiring polo mounts, and either retrain and place in a new career, or if soundness is an issue, they give horses the retirement they deserve. Great network of foster homes, volunteers, and supporters who make sure that none of the horses "fall through the cracks." New homes/adopters are carefully screened, and if for any reason it doesn't work out, ever, the horse is welcomed back wholeheartedly. I highly recommend this responsible rescue!
Cathy works just to keep these guys fed and in good condition! Amazing honest and just all around great person giving every bit of what she has for them to take nothing for herself. She deserves a lot more!
A much needed resource in our community. I try to perform (on a tiny scale) to former ponies that I’ve owned and known, what Cathy does on a national scale. Thank you!
They only want the best for the horses will will never take anything less. All money goes towards the needs of the rescue and they are a great source of information.
Polo Pony Rescue gives every horse that graces their barn a chance to become better. Cathy Trope approaches behavioral concerns with the question "Where does this horse hurt?" and together with her team of volunteers, vets and other therapists, they develop a plan to improve the quality of life and quality of movement:
Polo Pony Rescue works relentlessly to educate adopters on horse care and horsemanship. The follow up on adopted horses is excellent and Cathy knows not only where the placed horses are but also HOW they are thriving!
I highly recommend this group as a resource for adoption and as a deserving charity. They give all the horses the chance to become the best versions of themselves.
Great people - doing right by horses. they really train the horses to have a 2nd career - and make a difference for many horses! Friend just adopted a Lovely Thoroughbred mare from them - she has already had her to a show! Great people - doing a good job.
Having had horses for over 40 years, I thought I knew a lot when I started volunteering at Polo Pony Rescue. Within two months I'd more than doubled my knowledge! At PPR, the horses come first, first and first. I've seen lame, grouchy, unfriendly mares transform into sound, friendly, competitive jumpers. I've seen starvation cases turn into fat, happy trail horses. I've seen ancient, toothless, skinny stallions transformed into fat, shiny, retired pets. I've made friends with kind, hardworking, generous volunteers. I've been with Polo Pony Rescue for over 4 1/2 years and I'm so grateful for the opportunity and am impressed with the integrity of this amazing charity.
I love the polo pony rescue! I started helping out as a working student with the trainer there when they were in California and I ended up falling in love with one of the rescues and adopted her. Poptart is the best little horse and just babysits anyone that's on her, definitely worth having a second horse ;) I would highly recommend adopting from them if interested in a horse the owner is extremely knowledgeable and won't let her horses go to just anyone. They are always vetted and cared for properly, no such thing as a skinny horse there!
Polo Pony Rescue is a stellar operation! I have assisted in a couple of adoptions of ex polo ponies and the process was smooth and professional. They take great care of their horses and work hard to find the best situation for them. Have dealt with them on a few other occasions, as well, and I thoroughly trust and respect them. Practical and passionate! Highly recommended!
I have to say that Polo Pony Rescue was one of the best rescue groups I come across when I was looking for a horse. They are honest and really care of the horses. They wanted to make sure that the horse was a fit with the adopter.
Great organization run by a knowledgeable horsewoman, which means horses get exactly the care they need!
The horses in PPR's care will always get the best of everything. Knowledgeable, caring people who know when and what the horses need. Exactly how a rescue should be run!
PPR Gave a Summer internship to a high school student who needed more rehab time with horses to see if she wanted to be a large animal vet. Priceless education for her ♡
This organization should be the base model for all rescues. It is professionally managed with all attention and focus given to the horses in their care. The most important attribute, in my opinion, is that they are financially responsible and only admit what they can properly care for. The horses are priority number one and their best interest is always at heart. This organization will always be a go to for future donations and I will hopefully someday to a proud adopter of a polo pony rescue!
There is only one charity I donate money to and that is Polo Pony Rescue. They do an amazing job with horses and really, truly care about them. They run a first-class operation that is a model for those who rescue horses.
This is a Great Rescue! The horses are so lucky to live there. Everyone is very friendly.
Polo Pony Rescue is a top notch operation. It is clean and well managed and is run by a knowledgeable and caring staff. Cathy Trope has her heart in the right place and it shows. She works day and night to ensure the quality care the horses receive... from the young ones to the older retirees. I have never seen older horses (20-40 years) in such amazing condition and maintaining such hearty, healthy weight. It is truly an achievement and speaks volumes to Cathy's knowledge and commitment. Their trainer, Danica, is another example of why this rescue is amazing. She has the gift of knowledge and a way with horses. Her gentle, patient way is effective. I have seen her take horses that were aggressive and change them into gentle animals. So for me, being a small part of this rescue as a volunteer is also learning experience. They welcome all help and are friendly and supportive. I feel lucky to be a part of what they do.
The horses here are so well taken care of. This rescue really cares about what they do and the people are amazing. I love this place. :)
Volunteering for the Polo Pony Rescue has been nothing but a fantastic experience. Facilities are kept clean and are well maintained (not to mention quite beautiful). It's always amazing to see the horses that come in with poor health, and are extremely under weight, becoming happy and healthy within a matter of a few months. After returning to health, they then go into training so that they can find a new home where they can thrive. Cathy and Danica are very knowledgeable and friendly. They work very hard to keep the barn and horses in awesome condition. The success they have had with bringing these horses into good condition and adopting them out to stable homes, is a direct reflection of the amount of hard work that they put into this rescue. It is that dedication and commitment that makes it an absolute joy to volunteer for the Polo Pony Rescue.
I just happen to stumble across PPR looking to adopt a horse. Little did I know, Kathy was about to educate me on horse ownership and the hours of hard work and constant around the clock care a horse required.
I realized that horse ownership was not for me but leasing and volunteering was, it helped me understand and perform required care and maintenance one needs to own a horse.
Kathy does a fabulous job running PPR and the horses she cares for are super lucky to have her and every volunteer!! I love PPR and everything they do. Thank you PPR!!
PPR is an incredible place -- special horses, special people, and tireless rescuers. Please support this incredibly knowledgeable and caring equine rescue.