Melissa Rudershausen, director of Double Rock Thoroughbred Rescue in Ocala, Florida, has spent her whole life working with horses. She started riding at six years of age and quickly took to showing, earning the title of "most promising junior rider" in her local hunter circuit. She then made the switch to a new passion, show jumpers, reaching the top ranks of jumping at age eighteen when she competed in her first grand prix.
Melissa turned her attention to college, earning an Equine Business Degree from Delaware Valley College. During this time, she decided to take a short break from show jumping's demanding 'A' circuit and concentrate, instead, on rescuing and retraining former racehorses. Upon graduation, Melissa's experience and enthusiasm for rehabilitating racehorses influenced her decision to start a rescue foundation dedicated to giving thousands of Thoroughbreds a second chance.
Before establishing Double Rock, Melissa privately funded her rescues and is now looking forward to expanding her organization with the help of donations.