Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn was recently at a ranch near McCoy, CO volunteering for Mountain Valley Horse Rescue by mucking stalls and brushing horses, reports Vail Daily.
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue is a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses and relies on volunteers to accomplish its goal of getting the horses ready for adoption.
“There are 170,000 horses around the country that are unwanted and 6,000 of those horses are in Colorado, so we’re just doing our part to try and help that initiative,” said Kathryn Middleton, who is a volunteer and a board member at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue.
Tasks involved feeding, grooming and mucking the stalls.
“Wow, this makes cleaning up after my dogs look easy,” Vonn said after shoveling up some of the horse droppings in the stalls and dumping them into a bucket.
Vonn admitting she enjoyed her time being with the animals.
“I love horses and obviously we want to help out not just my nonprofit, but others in the community. Coordinating with Mountain Valley Horse Rescue to create this auction item seemed like a great fit,” Vonn said.