WRR Story


Isabel Megli-Founder and CEO of White Rock Horse Rescue (WRHR) A native of California for 65 years, Isabel's advanced education took place at various city colleges in the state and concentrated on primary education, human resources, child development and healthcare.

The equine experiences that followed, coupled with her early education and career involvements with youngsters and Hospice patients, began the path leading to where she is today.

2004 saw the move east to Flamingo Heights, California, with 5 horses, along with the acquisition of 5 more rescued horses within the first year - bringing the total to 10. And now, 2013 over 350 horses have traveled through White Rock Horse Rescue.

Her interest in helping unwanted and abused horses resulted in the founding in 2008 of what is now White Rock Ranch Horse Rescue and Retirement, Inc.- a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. In its first year of operation, twelve rescued horses were adopted out to carefully screened new custodians.


White Rock Ranch was established in 2004 by Isabel and her husband. They carved the ranch out of five acres of undeveloped desert with the intention of creating a nurturing habitat for the benefit of these noble animals. The Megli’s have acquired additional property called the Retirement Villa that allows them to accommodate horses that are now ready for retirement for the rest of their life. Carol lives at the Villa and tends to these horses 24/7 and the passion has been passed on to her. Without a doubt, she is the biggest asset to White Rock Horse Rescue. And today, White Rock Ranch has become a fully operational facility in full support of its mission statement with over 400 horses that have touched WRR. 290 horses have been adopted and WRR continues that belief of rehab and relationship.


Horses rescued by White Rock Horse Rescue come from many different places and arrive in varied states of physical and psychological deprivation. Health issues ranging from starvation to poorly maintained hooves could make the first order of business visits with a veterinarian and a farrier.

In addition to rescued horses, others are donated by owners who - for one reason or another - are no longer able to keep their animals. Regardless of the circumstances that bring them to the ranch, horses are placed into one of two groups. Healthy ones that can be rehabilitated and let out to new custodians - and older horses that are given safe haven at a special location called the Villa - allowing them to spend their remaining days in peaceful retirement. The Villa is also used as a rehab center for horses needing temporary isolation from the active herd.

But - with all the good comes the sad. A raw fact of life at White Rock Horse Rescue is that in spite of all of its humane efforts, White Rock Horse Rescue occasionally experiences the passing of one of its charges. It’s the unfortunate part of our job.


By combining her love for children with her understanding of horses, she fulfills the part of her mission statement that refers to her ability to “. . . introduce various groups of people to the fascinating culture of the horse”. And children are very special to Isabel.

Her Horse Camp plays an important part in the lives of participating youngsters. A program that combines instruction in the care and rehabilitation of horses with sessions in horsemanship provides camp attendees with the basic skills needed to take on the responsibilities of horse ownership.

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