Helpful Links to Aid Victims of Disaster in Puerto Rico and More


Sept. 23, 2017

Dear Equestrian Friends,
As many of you know, I ride for Puerto Rico, a country that has endured so much recent difficulty. Now, Puerto Ricans are facing the devastation of hurricane Maria. My heart is saddened by the images and stories in the news media about what is happening in my beautiful and vibrant country.
In the horse world, we are blessed with so much abundance. Please consider a donation to one of these organizations to help with disaster relief.
Warm regards,

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Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religious beliefs, or ethnic identities. Read more about this organization.


Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Read more about this organization.


"I am heartbroken by the devastation that hurricane Maria has brought to my beloved Puerto Rico. I hereby ask anyone willing to help rebuild the island to donate via this fund. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico."  ~  Monica Puig, Olympic gold medalist in tennis.  Link to Monica Puig's YouCaring site.


Freddie Vazquez represented the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He has qualified for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, and he has set his sights on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Along with his wife Jodi, theyrun Messenger Hill Farm a full-service hunter/jumper business. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.

Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Spit Rock Jumper Tour and more.

Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.