California Riding Magazine • January, 2009

Good News!
Horses find mythical land
of youth in East County.

Horses of Tir Na Nog, a local non-profit horse rescue, has found a home in the San Diego’s East County, near Pine Valley. In June of 2007 this horse rescue, whose name translates from Gaelic to mean “land of youth,” was told they had to find a new place to house their horses because the property they were on had been sold.

In spite of offers to help and generous support from the local media, the organization was unable to find a long-term solution that would fit their needs and the needs of the horses in its care. So, the horses were moved to temporary housing at two boarding facilities, Angel Acres in Lakeside and Oakzanita in the Cuyamacas.

“We started this process in June of 2007 with guarded optimism that we could find a new location, but as the weeks turned into months and we couldn’t find a sustainable solution, we became increasingly concerned about the future of these horses,” says Amy Pat Rigney, president. “We tried not to give up hope, but it was hard. So many people offered what they had, but their offers simply wouldn’t work for us.”

Now, thanks to the unbelievable generosity of a fairy godmother, Horses of Tir Na Nog has a long-term home near the Cleveland National Forest, just a few miles north of Interstate 8. The gently sloping pasture land is perfect for older horses and the grove of oak trees offers the promise of cool shade during the warm summer months. Here the horses have found a lifetime of sanctuary, where they can receive care that addresses their individual behavioral, medical and nutritional needs.

“And now the real work starts, “ says Amy Pat. “We have been given this incredible opportunity and now we need to start building the facility to support these animals.”

Horses of Tir Na Nog needs support from the community to help the horses in its care. People can help through cash donations or product donations. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an all-volunteer organization, so all funds donated go directly to horse care.

“We have found a home for our horses, for which I am immensely grateful. But we are currently maximizing our available resources. If people are willing to support our efforts financially by sponsoring a horse, we will be able to help more horses in the future” explains Amy Pat.

Horses of Tir Na Nog is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe-haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, connections are built between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education.

To find out more, visit or call 619-465-6384.