The Rutgers Equine Science Center’s “Spirit of the Horse” award was presented to Jeanne Vuyosevich, who doesn’t believe in giving up on any horse.
Her Sunset Meadow Farm in Farmingdale is a sanctuary for horses in need of care, treatment or a good home. She was nominated by Dr. Cathy Ball, who said of her, “Jeanne is a consummate professional horsewoman. She has an innate feeling for a horse and what it needs to be happy.”
She has re-homed many ex-race horses on her own and established organizations such as Re-Run using networking to find hard-working horses forever homes.
Jeanne’s award was presented during the Evening of Science and Celebration in New Brunswick, where the Gold Medal Horse Farm award went to Hidden Hills Farm in Hillsborough, owned and operated by the Nienart Family.
The Nienarts have made a commitment to conservation and worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service for planning, technical assistance, and grants to make their idea a reality. They developed a comprehensive nutrition management plan for their 40 acres, developed a soil erosion/water reclamation plan and used “rotational grazing” to insure the farm is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also an example of environmental sustainability and management.