Renaissance Rescue Ranch


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“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” – Pam Brown

This morning I want to recognize a horse rescue located in Farmington, MO.

“People think we save these horses, but the truth is – they save us.” – Barbara Hutchinson founder of Renaissance Rescue.

Barbara had a lucrative career as an attorney and she walked away from it to turn her full-time attention to horses.  She was know around the show jumping circles and was a a regular competitor.   Barbara and her husband, Laurence relocated to Farmington, MO. in 2005.  Not long after came Zoe, Bailey and then Tristan, dogs who found a loving home then came cats.

Not long after came the horses.  As word got out about her home for retired and injured racehorses, Fairmount  Racetrack in Illinois began sending horses whose careers had been ended due to injury.  Barbara says with a smile on her face, “I just couldn’t turn them away.”



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“I call horses “divine mirrors” – they reflect back the emotions you put in.  If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.” – Allan Hamilton

The Horses

Some arrive with injuries they incurred at the track that ended their careers.  Renaissance Rescue Ranch (RRR) provides rehabilitation and medical care.  Some have been abandoned and some were on their way to the shaughterhouse.

A major international racing syndicate, Team Valor, also places horses with them.  Barbara says she has put a lot of miles on her truck retrieving horses that were many states away.



Their Mission

RRR’s mission is to rescue, protect, and rehabilitate thoroughbreds in need.  We are a “no kill” sanctuary and will never put down a horse unless there is a medical reason and all other options have been exhausted.  Our hope is to find loving homes for all our horses.

Renaissance Rescue Ranch is located on 75 acres and presently caring for 130 horses.  There are medical expenses, food, shelter and maintenance costs also.  Visitors are welcome and tours are available.  You get a chance to visit it is certainly worth your time.

The expense of taking care of these equines is a huge undertaking and any volunteers or donations is greatly appreciated.  You can visit their website: and donate through their PayPal account or send your donation to:

Renaissance Rescue Ranch

4305 HWY O

Farmington, MO 63640



RRR doesn’t rescue only Thoroughbreds.  They have quite a diversity of equines.  I have visited on numerous occasions and can tell you that their rescues are very well taken care of.  They are fed well and loved by the staff and volunteers.  If you live in the area and want to help with daily chores they welcome volunteers.


Thank you for taking time to read my blog.  This is a very worth while rescue and I appreciate the work they do in giving these equines another chance in life.  My hat is off to them for doing such a good job.  Remember, spread the love.

10 thoughts on “Renaissance Rescue Ranch

  1. I loved your story. This strikes at the heart of something I love doing, that’s connecting non profits with non competing businesses who have the ability to give support, and then secure it. I commit to follow up right after holidays and go visit, see what I can do to get them set up to offset if not absorb some expenses. My years of marketing and setting up corporate sponsors need to be put to good use. Thanks for helping me find a great purpose, if they’ll let me help.

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  3. Please do a wellness check on horse at the corner of Heritage and Cynthia in farmington off D Hwy. It looks sick and skinny!


    • I’m sorry corner of Heritage and Christina! Wellness check please, the horse doesn’t look very old skinny and laying down in the mud.


  4. I have been contacted by a concerned person about a couple horses out in Cadet Mo. They are emaciated and have no shelter or food, I was told they have very little hay and water. Is there anything you can do to check on these animals? I was sent some photos and I have the address the horses are being kept. My phone number is +15737473567.

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    • I am sorry but I am not the ranch. I just wrote a story about the ranch. I am a retired farrier and I have been through this before. You can try contacting the sheriff department that they are located or the humane society. I don’t have the authority to take them or go on their property.


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