Animal lover’s family helps retired racehorses


A Langley-based group that helps find adopted homes for aging racehorses will benefit from the posthumous donation of a local animal lover.

Hunter Birosh of Pitt Meadows was just 19 when she was diagnosed with stage four adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare cancer of the adrenal gland.

She passed away just nine months later.

Throughout her life, and even during her time in hospital, Hunter was a huge animal lover.

“She loved horses, dogs, and nature,” her mom Heather Birosh said.

So much so that before she fell ill, Hunter was a volunteer and sponsored a child at the North Therapeutic Riding Association (NFTRA), whose mandate is to provide professional therapeutic equine activities aimed to enrich the lives of physically, emotionally and developmentally challenged individuals.

A scholarship has now been established there in Hunter’s name, said her mother.

This weekend in Langley, on Oct. 5 at noon, Hunter’s family will also be donating a $500 cheque to the New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Agency.

New Stride has spent the past several years taking in former racehorses, and ensuring they are cared for, re-trained, and adopted out to loving long term homes.

Hunter loved animals, especially horses, and even during her illness the family was raising money for causes close to her heart.

The New Stride donation will take place at the Shed Row Market, the sixth annual edition of a fall fair that support’s New Stride.

Shed Row is a craft and food fair held at a local equestrian establishment.

This year, Shed Row will be setting up in one of the buildings at the Thunderbird Show Park, located at 24550 72 Ave., on Oct. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People can browse for fruits and vegetables, artisinal cheeses, handmade jewelry, pottery, and artwork.

There is a $2 fee for entry which will go towards Shed Row’s work with horses.

– with files from the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times

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