Florida Rescue & Sanctuary
Our Horses Work Hard For You;
We Work Hard For Our Horses
Many of our school horses have worked for years as part of our riding program, teaching riders–both young and old–as well as transforming their lives. These horses deserve the best retirement possible.
In 2010, Marc Schumacher purchased a ten-acre property in Alachua County, Florida. His original idea was to host winter camps for students who wanted to compete at H.I.T.S. (Horses In the Sun in Ocala, FL). Twelve years later, that ten-acre property has grown to fifty-acres and houses the CZ Mustangs Rescue and Sanctuary.
When our horses are ready to retire, we ship them down to our Florida property where Marc’s wife, Dr. Shelly Nice and her daughter, Cat Zimmerman, take care of them and let them live their remaining years being horses in large, open pastures under sunny Florida skies.
Besides our retired school horses, they also rescue wild mustangs which are either retrained by Cat Z or put onto sanctuary if they are deemed unsuitable for rehoming. Currently, there are thirty-five rescued, sanctuary, and retired horses on property being cared for by our Florida team.
We encourage our riders to visit our Florida facility, just 40 minutes from the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida.
We believe that these videos say it best!
Catherine Zimmerman (“Mustang Cat”) is not just SHS owner’s stepdaughter but also SHS youngest Junior Instructor. At the age of 12, she was accepted into the Bureau of Land Management’s 2015 Youth Mustang Makeover program and began working with Comancheria (“Monche”). On the outside, she might look like a privileged young girl. However, unbeknownst to many people, she is a typical teenager facing many of the same hardships that other young people encounter but often hide from others.
In 2016, at 13 years of age, Cat created this inspiring video that describes her own struggles and determination to overcome many of the social obstacles and life hardships that other young people are forced to deal with: school or cyber bullying, lack of self-esteem, parental divorce, disease, substance abuse, and depression. Her video shows the power that horses have to heal people. It just takes a dream and hard work to overcome the hardships that so many of us face.
Both Cat and SHS dedicate this video to all young people and adults who might find themselves in a similar place. It is our heartfelt hope and mission to be able to help anyone, young and less young, overcome adversity, find comfort and joy in our environment and achieve their potential. Let the healing power of horses help you find who you can be.
You can now watch Cat and her progress through 501c3 non-profit mustang training and rescue facility www.CZMustangs.com and see how many other Mustangs are rescued, retrained and rehomed thanks to Cat and her mother’s efforts, the support of Seaton Hackney stables and friends and customers like you.
Watch Our New Videos!
Caution! If you share a genuine love and appreciation of horses as most of us do, this will make you cry. Keep a box of Kleenex nearby!
The pair performing at the Wisconsin Horse Fair Youth Talent competition, a few months after the above video was taken.
Rewards of working with Mustangs
Cat Z wins her 9th 90 Days TIP Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday November 2nd, 2019, with Indie, her newest yearling rescued Mustang filly.
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Dear Marc and all the team,
Our daughter, Selda, loves her experiences at SHS. Riding first in PEP, then in troop sue has many encouraging, confidence-building instructors. In shows she feels proud and capable. As a volunteer, she enjoys the feeling that of responsibility and solving problems. Now as a CIT she loves the nice people, the responsibility and the appropriate level of challenge. She has become so independent, in part because of the trust and mentoring everyone their gives her: from the office, to the ring, to the stalls, and now at Lake Rickabear.
We applaud you all for the encouraging, safe, positive culture you have nurtured. We are also grateful for all the opportunities for self-development, learning and job skills you have offered Selda. I can imagine you might have some stress and hard days. Hold on to this screenshot and know that you are doing a great job! 7/2022
I would like to thank you and your staff for the time you dedicated to our kids. It was such an incredible day all around and you just topped it off for them. They loved the horses. Your staff and your kindness is so greatly appreciated. We will be sending an email to all the parents of the students that participated to give them your name and phone number of your stable. Thanks again and if there is ever anything we can do to help you as a organization please ask. The Lions club and Leos club would gladly help.
Looking forward to it! Jillian is proudly riding in your groups for children with special needs and we continue to be very grateful of your support and for giving our daughter a place where she feels like she belongs!
My son Anthony “AJ” Laska attended pony share camp at Alverthorpe Park in Abington, Pennsylvania from July 7-10, 2014. I have to tell you how impressed I was with the program and the staff. Fernando was very organized and kept the program moving at a good pace. I loved how he taught them the basic safety rules, which is not easy with younger children. Emily, Luisa, and Hector were FANTASTIC too. They really made the activities enjoyable and fun. My son was one of the youngest children there, and they were so kind and patient with him. The staff demonstrated their knowledge of the horses and took good care of them. They also made sure that each child had time to ride. As a mother, I was just so delighted and thrilled with the program that I can’t wait to enroll him again next year! So a big “thank you” again to Fernando, Emily, Luisa, and Hector for a wonderful week.
I was one of your first Equishare riders back in the mid ’80s. My horse was DJ. I am still thankful for the training you gave me. I still ride for pleasure and enjoy watching my daughter ride who is starting to show and is part of the USEF High School Equistrian Athlete Program. Looks like you are doing amazing work with children in NJ. Wish you all the best for a great 2015.
My daughter has always had a wonderful experience at Seaton Hackney, the staff have never been anything but welcoming, the horses are wonderful and Kaylea loves them all. We have tried other barns, but as a beginning family we were not welcomed at other barns as much as we have been at SHS. Thank you for all you do for your riders and horses!
Seaton Hackney has helped me become the rider that I am today, especially Gillian. Gillian is fun but focused on my safety. My daughter has ridden at Seaton Hackney Stables since she was four-years-old. She always enjoyed participating in the horse shows at the facility and enjoy the Barn shows in the fall and spring. I also had fun at Seaton Hackney at camp this past summer.
I have learned responsibility of taking care of the horse and the tack. Riding has helped me learn about competition and both winning and losing.
I love the stables because I get to ride my horses and it’s fun. I also like grooming the ponies. Elvis always remembers who I am and licks my hand. He’s fuzzy and cute.
As the dad of a young lady that rides at Seaton Hackney, I could not agree more about the quality of the facility and of the instruction they provide.
Seaton Hackney Stables has changed my life. I can honestly say that without the joy of horses, I would have gone through life with an emptiness that I didn’t even know existed. The horses and the staff are part of my family. It’s an amazing facility with quality instructors and horses.
Two friends and I decided to go horseback riding and we were looking for a stable in Northern NJ. While there were a few in the area, we chose Seaton Hackney and had a great time. When you call to set up your ride in advance, they prep you extremely well and set great expectations. It didn't feel commercial what so ever, and we always felt we were in great hands. Our instructor Jen was AWESOME, always making sure we were good but also empowering us to ride. Price was pretty decent for a group, less expensive than other stables in the area. The trail was pretty and actually public, so a bunch of people were so happy to see us. Every point of contact was very welcoming, and I will definitely be coming back here.