TUF Stories of Success – Colorado Gives Campaign – part 2

6 years ago Juan began his 4-H journey at TUF. Watch a short video of Juan from 2014 and then read about what he’s doing now.

Today Juan Rojas is a 19 year old with a flourishing, new career. Only a year ago, Juan graduated from 5-Star Farrier School in Oklahoma but he already has a healthy clientele. Juan is back at TUF but no longer a 4-Her, he is now responsible for the care of our horses’ hooves, which is indispensable to equine health. We are all very proud of Juan and very lucky to have him back. 







Our next story is about a Belgian Draft horse named Yogi. In his previous career in Kansas, Yogi was an integral member of an eight-horse team.  Due to unknown circumstances the team ended up on the auction block and all but Yogi were adopted. Yogi was blind in one eye and at a risk of being sent to a slaughter. One, big-hearted cadet from the Air Force Academy saved Yogi from an unthinkable fate, while at the same time hoping that he would make a great Western dressage competitor. After being rehabilitated and trained, Yogi did not excel in dressage, but he was a gentle giant and ready for another career path. TUF was in need of a stronger horse for our equestrian program and so Yogi found a new and perfect home with us. Lots of love and scratches behind the ears have left Yogi ready to work. Today he is ridden by children from beginners to advanced.


We rely on support from donors like you in order to provide such amazing opportunities for kids and animals alike. Through your generous giving we’ll be able to support programs that impact your community and the lives of kids, like Juan.