About Sweetbeau Horses Our Story

About Sweetbeau Horses Our Story

It was October of 2016 when Patricia Griffin-Soffel heard about an urgent wild mustang rescue operation in South Dakota. A once successful rescue had suffered problems over their 17 years, but worst of all they put no controls over breeding. Now the horses were reportedly dying from starvation and neglect. A once manageable herd grew from 500 to 900 with predictable consequences. https://returntofreedom.org/a-driving-force-for-hope-behind-900-horse-rescue-griffin-soffel-joins-rtf-in-conservation-effort/ Becoming aware of this tragedy, forever changed Griffin-Soffel’s future. When she was told the fate of these horses was to be sold at auction to kill buyers, it was not an acceptable solution for her. She and her husband, Michael Soffel, knew they had to change the course of the journey for these horses, and therefore became the foundational financial contributors to the efforts that changed not only the fate of the horses, but the lifetime purpose of this couple.

Patricia and Michael had sold their Silicon Valley tech-enabled services company just a year earlier and now were among the first to bring significant funds to the rescue effort. With little experience in the horse rescue world, Patricia was fortunate to find an experienced and successful ally to work with. Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom, was fluent in the language of rescuing horses. This instant team pledged that no horse would be left behind. When they stepped forward with a real financial commitment and a plan that made sense, it got the attention of the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, and other private parties who matched some of the funds. Griffin-Soffel’s substantial contribution to this project helped enable the launch of the largest successful rescue in the country to date. A necessary lawsuit successfully took title of the horses and put them in the very capable hands of Elaine Nash, founder of Fleet of Angels, who rallied a team of volunteers and dedicated over a year of her life to adopt out every horse.

This experience opened Griffin-Soffel’s eyes to the unthinkable possibility of the American mustang becoming extinct in just a few short decades. With the BLM’s aggressive new roundup schedules and ignoring the laws that provide federal protection to these national icons of America, something needed to be done.

Patricia and Michael, founded Sweetbeau Horses in March of 2017 to begin a rescue and training operation for wild mustangs. Starting with 25 of the rescued herd, they launched their 501 c 3 organization in Paso Robles, CA. These mustangs are being trained for adoption and are again finding their joy. “There is gratitude in the eyes of every horse that came to us for a new chance at happiness, and we won’t let them down” says Griffin-Soffel.
This non-profit is dedicated to saving and training our nations wild mustangs and finding forever homes in the domestic world.
In addition, Sweetbeau will continue to be an active advocate by generating awareness, education, training programs and adoptions to help wild horses thrive in a domestic environment. The long-range goal for Sweetbeau Horses has always included equine therapy and retreat for PTSD victims and we hope to have this up and operational in 2020.

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The Promise The inspiration for starting Sweetbeau Horses

Oh Mustang, you run and don’t want to be caught
I was told you were angry and valiantly fought
Now you hold your head low, and you don’t seem to see..
Have you suddenly lifted your face toward me?

Oh Mustang, dear fellow, I see in your eyes
A vision of plains, and brilliant blue skies
I see your delight when the herd started to race
And the Stallions would fly with the wind setting pace

I see there was comfort with the mares being near
And in the heart of the family, there was nothing to fear
Your instincts so keen, to survive any weather
Of course you would think Freedom lasted forever.

Oh Mustang, my Mustang, I know what I see
are just the visions of your life in a memory
In your heart there is only sadness and
loss Your freedom was taken at a terrible cost

I’m so sorry for that, I would change it if I could
But look into my eyes, if only you would
There’s a promise in there that I swear to be true
You will never again have harm threaten you

I will try my best to comfort you every day
to heal the hurt that you felt when you were taken away
I promise to listen when you say it’s too much
And wait patiently by until you accept my touch

And when you trust that my promises have all been true
And you feel the depth of the love in my heart for you
You may find happiness again in playing with me
And there will be nothing to fear in this family

You will know that your loneliness has come to an end
And when your broken heart does finally mend,
We will pace with the wind under brilliant blue skies
And I will once again see the delight in your eyes

Patricia Griffin-Soffel
Founder of Sweetbeau Horses, October 2, 2018