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Race for the Rescues

November 19, 2022

Saffyre Sanctuary is thrilled to announce that as part of our 2022 year-end fundraising efforts, we are participating in Race for the Rescues!  

Race For The Rescues believes that by uniting animal lovers and animal welfare organizations to work together, we can change those heartbreaking statistics and make our world a better place.  The donations raised through Race For The Rescues will be used to help save the lives of once forgotten dogs, cats and horses, and help them become cherished family members. Please join us to run, walk, shop or adopt! Or be there in spirit by registering for our Couch Potato race or making a donation. Please visit and type in our event coordinators name - Melissa Midgal. Thank you from all the animals especially, the horses at Saffyre Sanctuary! 

September 24, 2022

Saffyre Sanctuary was honored to be one of the charities represented at the first vegan reality show, Peeled, Hosted by VKind at the Directors Guild!  This fun-filled celebrity event was attended by some top  names in the animal rights industry, and we were thrilled to be part of this ground breaking premier!  Be sure to check out Saffyre Sanctuary's VKind vibes episode on Youtube, filmed and produced by VKind Studios!

Peeled Premier - Saffyre Sanctuary
Birtwick Park

July 15, 2022

Saffyre Sanctuary is happy to announce that we are relocating to Bitrwick Park Equestrian Center, where the needs of our horses, and the standard of excellent equine care is aligned with our mission and vision.  We are thrilled to be able to expand our capacity, and increase our abundance as this new chapter unfolds in our journey!  All of our activities and programs will remain in place, and we look forward to seeing you at our new home!

November 14, 2020

Esta created a new video series entitled "Dear Caley" which is featured on our Saffyre Sanctuary Supporters Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Please join our group or subscribe to our channel to view the videos.  You can also PM us any questions about our rescue, what we do, or why we do what we do. You may be surprised to find out about some of the philosophies that we embrace for the good of all.  Stay tuned for some fun facts as you get more inside info on Saffyre Sanctuary!

June 7, 2022

Small & Gutsy Interviews Saffyre Sanctuary - The horse spirit animal represents freedom, adventurousness, mobility, independence, friendship and endurance. This majestic animal known for its beauty and stature has also endured pain, neglect and abuse through domestication and mistreatment for use in gambling, entertainment and sometimes, just pure gluttony. Esta Bernstein is the Founder of Saffyre Sanctuary, a horse rescue and rehabilitation program in the Los Angeles area that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. They provide every opportunity for them to experience the possibility of enjoying a second career, or offer them a well-deserved retirement.

Small & Gutsy

November 13, 2020

Changing Horses was the winner of a 2020 Equus Film and Literary Festival Winnie Award! 100% of the proceeds from Changing Horses benefit Saffyre Sanctuary.  To learn more about the Equus Film and Literary Festival, please CLICK HERE!  To get your signed personal copy of Changing Horses, please visit CHANGING HORSES THE BOOK!

Believe by Kim McElroy

September 15, 2019

Esta was honored with the opportunity to be interviewed on the Divas That Care Network. This network connects goal-oriented women with a commitment to make a difference. Candace Gish, founder of Divas That Care, is a motivator and empowering change agent who understands the challenges women face, while finding success in their everyday lives and businesses. To listen to Esta's interview with Candace, please click here: HORSE RESCUE!

August 24-25, 2019

Esta conducted a nutrition clinic entitled Equine Nutrition, Your Horse, and You, at Cedar Creek Stables in Brentwood, California.  During this event she shared her 25 years of equine nutritional expertise that we utilize with all our horses at Saffyre Sanctuary.  This mind-opening event provided the clients with a diet regime, communication and healing session with each of the horses participating in the clinic.  They are forever changed in a very positive way, moving forward in health and happiness. If you would like Esta to conduct a clinic at your location, please go to the CONTACT US page and ask for more information.

Joan Ranquet

January 19, 2019

Joan Ranquet generously offered her time and expertise to hold an animal communication class at Saffyre Sanctuary!  Joan spoke to a full house as we all enjoyed her wisdom through her lecture, telepathic games, and remote communications.  The Saffyre horses loved being the center of attention where many people learned to listen to them from their perspective.  For more information about Joan and the amazing work she does, please visit her website here: JOAN RANQUET

November 24, 2018

Karen Parks coordinated our first ever Holiday Pop Up!  This event had over 20 vendors selling specialty goods and services representing the spirit and modalities that Saffyre Sanctuary embraces! This free outdoor event, with lots of holiday fare offered Jewelry, PJs, Organic Scarfs for Dogs, Pottery, Original Art, Reiki, Tarot & Astrology Reads, Animal Communication, Organic Skin Care, CBD Products for your Pet, Live Music & Vegan Food.  Be sure to check back on our site to see when this super cool event will be held next year!

Saffyre Sanctuary Holiday Popup

October 25, 2018

Animal Wisdom Stories with Miriam Thiel-Alberts is all about the magic of the beautiful creatures we call horses.  Join Miriam as she has an amazing conversation on healing horses, how they heal us with a Gifted Equine Healer, Esta Bernstein.  This show will change the way you think about horses!  To listen to the interview, visit HERE!

September 7, 2018

Saffyre Sanctuary was invited to bring a horse to visit the Lake View Adult Day Care Center.  Of course, Caleyndar, was the perfect candidate to handle the job!   We had a wonderful time bringing joy to some folks who have never seen a horse in person before.  It is with your support that we are able to provide this type of service to our community!  To see this and more of our current events, please visit our FACEBOOK PAGE.​

August 23-24, 2018

Minds-N-Motion Symposium - This year, Esta has been honored to be one of the presenters at this incredible symposium.  Equine well-being is the core of what Saffyre Sanctuary is all about, and we are so excited to be sharing all that we have learned and experienced with people from all over the world.  Your contributions will ultimately help us reach others who may not know that our programs, such as re-homing, exist. Thank you for allowing us to help horses here, and now abroad.

August 7, 2017

Esta had a wonderful time being interviewed on The Life Changes Show! We would love for you to take a listen and find out more about her, her dreams, how Saffyre Sanctuary was founded, and the upcoming documentary Changing Horses.  Click HERE to have a listen!

Meetup Logo

February 26, 2017

Saffyre Sanctuary has a new Meetup Group to help bring our educational programs to a wider audience!   Our Equalia Program focuses on your behavior from the horse's perspective, giving you an in-depth look at your strengths, and fun activities for self-improvement and enlightenment!  Please check out this new group for the most recent events! Hope to see you there! The horses are calling you!

February 27-28, 2016

Changing Horses Workshop - During this exciting event, we nearly completed the filming of our documentary (we have a few more interviews to do!) and those who participated became a huge part of the change!  Seeing the transformations first-hand was, and is, an incredible honor as the horses continue to support us on this journey!  Thank you for being there!

Saffyre Sanctuary Nabors Chardonnay
Holiday Horse

December 19, 2015

Big thanks and enormous gratitude for those who joined us for the Saffyre Sanctuary Holiday Party & Open Barn!  A great time was had by all who met our happy herd of horses and humans for a blissful celebration of the holidays!  We thank you all for seeing who we are, what we do, and where we are going! Welcome to the journey!

November 11, 2015

We are super excited to announce that Saffyre Sanctuary has been chosen as the beneficiary of the 2016 There's No Place Like Hope Picnic! This awesome fun filled event brings our communities together with our mutual love and passion of the horses. There's No Place Like Hope Picnic and Hoe Down will be a day you make a difference in the lives of horses!

Hope Picnic
Changing Horses Workshop

July 7, 2015

Saffyre Sanctuary, in cooperation with Horse Medicine of the Netherlands, held our first workshop event accompanying our documentary "CHANGING HORSES".  This 2-day event included 5 well known and respected horsecoaches from the U.S. and Canada, and 2 Dutch hostcoaches.  This one of a kind event will now be held in various locations throughout the world.  Stay tuned for our next event to be held at Saffyre Sanctuary, February 27th - 28th!  Filming for the documentary will continue during this workshop!

February 23, 2015

Welcome to the TRAILER of CHANGING HORSES! This film explores the personal stories of how horses change people, so people can change the world. Through interviewing prominent individuals in the equine community, we will discuss some very complex issues regarding our human value systems, and how we can adjust our societal beliefs to ensure our survival as a species.

I Am Documentary
Flo-Rita by Lynne Glazer

December 8, 2014

Saffyre Sanctuary is in the process of re-homing 20 beautiful Race Bred Arabians! These horses are facing euthanasia beginning next year if we can not find homes for them.  Won't you please help us by spreading the word, sharing our FACEBOOK GROUP, or better yet, making room in your loving home for a fabulous new family member!  Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated!

November 22, 2014

Won't you come to our Equalia Actualization Playdate!?  Our program is available to adults and children of all ages, wanting an after school or weekend family activity!  Come for a tour of our rescue, meet and greet the horses, personal Q & A time with Esta, but mostly see what we can do together!  For more information, please visit our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

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Special Spirit

October 12, 2014

Saffyre Sanctuary will have an information booth and hold a special horse connectivity presentation at the 2014 KIWANIS EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION FOR SPECIAL ATHLETES.  This great event will be held at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lake View Terrace, and features therapeutic riding clubs and equine related activities serving children of the community.  Please join us for this day of fun and feeling good!

September 12, 2014

We are thrilled to announce our 2014 official fundraiser - SAFFYRE SANCTUARY'S BROADWAY BENEFIT!  Be sure to get your tickets early!  This will be a fun filled event starring THE PHANTOM'S LEADING LADIES, not to mention a silent auction, drinks, and so much more!  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased by clicking the DONATE button, and entering "Broadway Benefit" in the instructions. See you there!

Phantom's Leading Ladies
Terranga Ranch Summerfest

August 9, 2014

Saffyre Sanctuary will have an information booth at TERANGA RANCH SUMMERFEST! Located at Sunland Park - 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, California.  This free family fun event will feature a multitude of vendors and organizations serving our local Sunland community!  Please join us and stop by so we can put some more faces to the names!

April 22, 2014

I was graciously invited to SOUL SESSIONS with Sandra Harrick, which is the first of many enlightening discussions on the Soul of the Horse.  This show also gives you a little insight into who I am (Esta Bernstein) and how I got started with horses.  I have been very blessed to have been invited on this journey with her! Grab a cup of coffee, click here BLOGTALKRADIO and enjoy!  (TO LISTEN TO OUR SESSION - FAST FORWARD THE SLIDER TO 2:00 - WE ARE THE LAST HOUR)

Sandra Harrick
Amazon Smile

March 29, 2014

We have great news! Saffyre Sanctuary is registered with AmazonSmile! When you sign in at AmazonSmile using your regular Amazon account sign in, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (which we hope will be Saffyre Sanctuary!).

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on!

November 16, 2013

We have finally located a PROPERTY that we want to make our permanent sanctuary!  We have launched our capital campaign and are now seeking major contributions to help bring our dream to fruition!  Please scroll to the bottom of our WISH LIST page to see our current needs and feel free to share with anyone who you think would like to assist us. Thank you!

Gate Horse Design
We Watch by Kim McElroy

October 18, 2013

World-renowned equine artist, KIM McELROY, has generously offered limited quantities of special sold-out limited edition lithograph prints to benefit Saffyre Sanctuary!  These prints are available at 50% of their original purchase price and many have appreciated in value!  This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity - a great way to start your pre-holiday shopping and help our horses too!

May 5, 2013

The Caballeros of Rolling Hills welcomed Saffyre Sanctuary and our Maitre D, Lakota, to their annual Pancake Breakfast Event!  Lakota was a model citizen, greeting everyone in this new environment confidently with snuzzles and love.  We hope all of you will take the time to visit us and see Lakota as he progresses through his physical and emotional recovery.  Please visit our FOSTER CARE page to sponsor Lakota!

Topanga Vintage Market

August 15, 2012

Saffyre Sanctuary has been sponsored a booth at the TOPANGA VINTAGE MARKET, on August 26, 2012. We will be selling special baked goods and water, as well as letting the public know about our organization and what we do.  Please stop by and enjoy the many vendors this event has to offer.  Plus, we always love new supporters and this will also allow us to put faces to the ones we have not met.  Hope to see you there!

October 17, 2011

SAFFYRE SANCTUARY SUPPORTERS is our special Facebook Group where you can find out the latest information about the horses we are assisting.  You can also post information about any horses that need our help. Networking together allows us to assist more horses and, prevent them from going to slaughter. Just ask permission to join and please "LIKE" our website!

BISSELL Partners for Pets

March 7, 2011

Saffyre Sanctuary is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSEL and have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too!  When you purchase selected products on, Bissell will donate 10% of your purchase to Saffyre Sanctuary.  You'll save 10% and receive free shipping.  And, each purchase helps us qualify for a semi-annual $5,000 giveaway. Now that's a deal for all of us!

Use code ADOPT and select SAFFYRE SANCTUARY at the BISSELL checkout to receive the discount.

Visit BISSELL Partners for Pets Products to view available products.

February 21, 2011

Saffyre Sanctuary is now registered and officially part of the  eBay for Charity program. You can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay. Here’s how:


BUY - You can find whatever you're looking for on eBay, from pet items to new cars and more. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal and support horses in need at the same time! SHOP NOW to support Saffyre Sanctuary.


SELL - You can also support Saffyre Sanctuary when you sell on eBay.  Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great. Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings?  Boost your sales and support our critical work while you’re at it!  Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees. SELL NOW to support Saffyre Sanctuary.

eBay for Charity
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