Valenti assists Pegasus Rising in search of refuge for herd of horses


RSF resident Irene Valenti recently announced that she is assisting Pegasus Rising in an effort to find a new home for approximately 17 horses all of whom she helped rescue from severe neglect in 2008. Valenti has donated the use of her equestrian property in Rancho Santa Fe along with the cost of utilities and water for the past four years to provide lodging for the horses and support the efforts of the non-profit organization, Pegasus Rising, operated by Director, President and CEO Gary Adler.

Valenti comments, “I’m honored to have lent my support to this worthwhile endeavor when the horses were rescued from Sacramento under risk of immediate seizure. I’m now reaching out to the community to help locate a suitable home for these animals that have been brought back to health under the capable leadership of Gary Adler and the many devoted volunteers at Pegasus Rising. We have a deadline of Nov. 25 to locate a new facility and hope that a benevolent land-owner will come forth.”

Pegasus Rising is a non-profit organization with an emphasis on partnering horses and humans for healing. The horses maintained and trained by Pegasus Rising volunteers are utilized for a variety of therapy programs including Volunteer Caregiving, Horse Interaction Program and Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy (EAT), which includes the effort to therapeutically nurture and facilitate the emotional healing of U.S. military personnel who experience symptoms related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Anyone interested in donating land to house the horses or who would like to make a charitable contribution to assist in their relocation, may contact Pegasus Rising directly through their website at To learn more about Valenti, visit or call (858) 759-9239.