Did you know that December 13th was National Day of the Horse? On that day Americans are encouraged to “be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history and character of the United States.” Just in case you missed that special day, here is a story that will grab your heart and make you thankful not just for a horse named Raven, but the owner who rescued her.

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Cowboy and roper Drew Boies saw something in this horse from the moment he laid eyes on her. He was struck by her rare, grulla color. But Raven was scrawny and on a kill truck because her owner could no longer afford to feed her.

Boies paid $200 for the sick, neglected, soon to be killed horse.

Who knew that just a short time later, our cowboy hero would have restored her health and healed her broken spirit? Who knew that by 2016, Ravens Silver Angel would be a 3-time Congress Champion?

Victoria, Drew’s wife said, “She has been Reserve Congress Champion numerous times and received so many Top Tens here, but this year she finally got to be a Congress Champion. Her breed is nothing to write home about, yet she has the heart of a champion. She’s an amazing mare that anybody can ride, although, if you were to ask anybody who knows her, they would quickly tell you her favorite thing to do is eat!”

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According to the Humane Society, over 100,000 horses are sent to slaughter each year. But this horse was not only rescued and rehomed, it was given a chance to become a champion. The Boies family said, “We are blessed to have her in our life.”

If you missed celebrating National Day of the Horse, why don’t you catch up by sharing this story with your friends.