“They Rescued Me” 2013 Photo Contest Winner



As you know, all the pictures were fantastic in the final 12. So many of you wrote to say you had a hard time deciding which one to choose. The votes have now been tallied and the public has spoken:

The winner of the Habitat for Horses “They Rescued Me” photo contest is:

Liza Butzirus of West Palm Beach, Florida!
Equine Rescue: Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue


Liza’s picture of her and “Light The Night” struck a chord with many people and they wanted to know more.. Liza told us:

When Light The Night arrived at the rescue she was instantly special to me. We bonded immediately. She had a sad past and I wanted the rest of her days to be peaceful and worry-free,
and now they are.


Liza adopted Light The Night from Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue in Florida where she has volunteered to aid them with their mission of “saving the lives of horses, yearlings and foals that were bound for slaughter, victims of starvation, neglect, abandonment and abuse”.

Habitat for Horses will contact the Purina dealer in her area for delivery of the Grand Prize, 1000 pounds of Purina Feed.
The purpose of this contest is to promote the hard work done by 501c3 non-profit equine rescues across the nation.

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Arlene

    Bravo !!! What a wonderful pair they make , although all Photos were great and very special !!! Wonder if possible to hear all the stories behind each Photo !! They were all winners that through their photos much love , respect and caring were felt !!!!! photos are said to say a 10000 words through all of these emotions of pure simple Love and caring were also felt , Bravo to all who entered !!!!!!!

    June 16, 2013
  • Sue

    As a Florida resident, I’m glad Pure Thoughts won. Recently, they had some flooding and I’m sure they can use the feed.

    June 16, 2013
  • Sue

    Had some time, looked up her pedigree. Very nice…Dr. Fager on top and Bold Ruler on the bottom.
    She is 16 years old.

    June 16, 2013
  • janwindsong

    They do a very tough job and so necessary. That 1000 pounds of feed is a real treasure.

    And how cool is it that one our nation’s most effective rescue organizations pauses for a moment to acknowledge the efforts of others.

    It is very cool. Thank you Habitat for Horses.

    June 16, 2013
  • MorganG

    The photos were all awesome. Each photo was not only a beautiful picture but the story of two lives that the Universe brought together. May they all fare well.

    June 16, 2013
  • sherriey

    that was a favorite of mine. the horse with closed eyes, so relaxed, and the person sharing a kiss….beautiful.
    like was said above….is there a way of learning about the others? their stories?
    rescue stories touch the heart.

    June 16, 2013
  • Thank you so much Habitat for Horses for this wonderful contest. I am donating all the feed to Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue, Where I got Light The Night from. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and all the others in the contest, your pictures were beautiful.

    June 25, 2013
  • Tracy

    Liza, you are a blessing to horses and an inspiration to humans everywhere! How wonderful for you to donate your feed prize to the rescue where you found your wonderful Light The Night!

    June 25, 2013