Meet The Duke

He is a little skinny now, but with some loving care and tenderness he will be strong and healthly again; After all, he is the Duke.  Shoestring City Ranch is a non-profit in Long Beach, California, providing a rural experience for city kids, working with rescued animals.

Duke was injured by other horses, not by humans and was brought to the ranch where he will be cared for.  He has wounds and gashes on his body, with one particular deep cut on one shoulder.  As the handlers led Duke from the horse trailer he showed no fear of humans.  He walked around the ring freely and even rolled in the dirt. The ponies in a nearby corral were so interested in his arrival and all came over to the fence to see him.

My granddaughter will get to be a part of his recovery as she continues working in the horse program at the ranch. As I get updates, I will post Duke’s progress.

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[Original article written by K. Pinkham.  Photos credit Kelly Pinkham Photography]

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Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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