Mimi Paixao began Rebel’s Run after purchasing a horse, Rebel, from a farm in Bedford, Va. Staying true to his name, Rebel broke out of his pasture less than 24 hours after coming to Afton, Va. Two days of looking nonstop yielded no results, so a search and rescue team was enlisted to help find Rebel. “They suggested Rebel might be headed to his old home in Bedford since horses are migratory animals,” said Paixao. “I didn’t think it was possible since home for Rebel was 90 miles away.” The next day, the search team found Rebel along the Blue Ridge Parkway running through the grassy median headed toward his old home. Rebel made it more than 35 miles back. Dedicated to her horses, Paixao wanted to make Rebel’s Run her own.

Rebel's Run in the press