NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A farm in Afton is receiving a big check for helping horses in need. Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc. won a prize of $10,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The criteria for the prize this year was to adopt more horses than the previous year. In 2018, the farm adopted five horses, this year it was 19. The money will go to the upkeep of the farm and expenses for the animals.

"It's going to go to a lot of stuff, a little bit here, a little bit there, you know, vet expenses, feed for the horses. We bought this farm, just under two years ago so we're having to you know do fencing and build run-in sheds and some of it will go to maintenance on the property,” said Maya Proulx, executive director.

Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc. helped take in horses after a major Orange County animal cruelty case in 2015. One of those rescued horses is still on the farm and is doing well.