Good day! It’s unseasonably cold here in Magdalena this winter…30’s and 40’s most mornings. Makes horse chores a little chilly.

Horse Program

Since 2010, The Fatted Calf has been using the horses at Casa Vidy y Esperanza for our annual, fair-like event called Expo Esperanza. In 2014, TFC got more involved in the CVE horse program by investing in corrals, fences, and human resources. CVE owns horses for the kids to ride and care for, and use as a therapeutic tool in developing relationships. This is a year round program, that offers employment opportunities right on campus to those that are interested in feeding and caring for the horses as well as having year-round riding privileges.


Horses on campus opens up opportunities for kids of all ages to develop a fondness for them,


and learn about horse health and basic equine science from interaction with our local veterinarian.


Expo Esperanza

In the summer months, The Fatted Calf Interns conduct daily practices getting the kids and animals ready for Expo Esperanza. Because horses are one of the most popular projects, we not only use the CVE horses, but borrow horses from local ranchers.

In this time of the year we look forward to the needs of the summer and find ourselves again in the market for additional horses. If you are interested in assisting us in this on-going project, please contact us at, or CVE at

The essential joy of being with horses is that it bring us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom.
— Sharon Ralls Lemon

The new year, 2019

Trusting the first month of 2019 has brought blessings into your life. For those of us in Magdalena, the beginning of January was a continuation of travelling to be with family “back home” or enjoying family that has come “home” for a visit. Whatever the case, we are thankful that God provided safe travels for all and we can resume our daily activities with a little rest and connection to fuel the upcoming months.


The God we serve has a plan greater than what we set out to do. As the hands and feet of Jesus, we know EACH of us can work for His kingdom, whether “in the field” or from a distance. Often, people ask what we need or what can they pray for. The following is a monthly prayer guide that spells out a little more in detail many aspects of the mission.


Now, to conclude this post, below are some pictures from the year's end Christmas party for all employees working at Carnisimo, Rancho Agua Viva, and Carnisimo Burgers.