Event set to celebrate injured mares recovery

After a year of recovering from severe injuries in Madras, the horse known as “HoneyBadger” is starting a new life, and the public is invited to come see and celebrate her amazing transformation.

HoneyBadger’s meet and greet event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the SGF Sporthorse barn, located at 67480 Cloverdale Road, near Sisters. Light refreshments will be served.

The young mare was found last year, in November, injured and wandering beside U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras, with severe injuries — multiple open and deep head and leg injuries, and an underweight body condition.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy Brian Skidgel, who spotted the mare, contacted nearby property owners Dave Kaiser and Karen McCarthy, both experienced horse people, who took the mare into their barn for care.

Karen McCarthy and her mother, Charlotte Devaney, immediately began round-the-clock treatments to HoneyBadger’s wounds under the direction and assistance of veterinarian Angie Kemper, of Madras.

After trying without success to locate HoneyBadger’s owner, McCarthy eventually paid the state of Oregon $25 to purchased the horse, which was considered “unclaimed property on state land.”

Seven months later, HoneyBadger received clearance from Kemper to enter saddle training, and went to SGF Sporthorses, near Sisters, for three months of basic English training..

HoneyBadger is now ready to make a public debut to all of her supporters and find a new “forever home.”

People are also invited to view (and like) HoneyBadger’s FaceBook page at

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