Jessi Kopp is the quarterback for the Houston Energy women’s football team – and a hero for horses! Ever since she was a child, Kopp has had a passion for equines. She has raised, trained, showed and competed with her beloved horses all her life, winning multiple World Championship titles along the way. When Hurricane Harvey descended upon Texas, the star athlete didn’t just hunker down at her ranch, she climbed into the saddle and offered her assistance!
On September 1 – the height of the storm’s catastrophic flooding – Kopp joined a group of volunteers to rescue more than 30 horses on the verge of drowning in Wharton County. They reached the animals by boat, but ever the equestrian, Kopp opted to climb aboard a “random mare” in order to help guide them more than two miles to safety.
“The water ranged from about knee deep to over our heads,” she told KHOU News. “It was a lot colder than you’d think.”
The aerial footage was captured by drones belonging to Dallas-based news station, WFAA.
Although Texas has a long road ahead of them to rebuild the damage from Harvey, Kopp has already set her sights on yet another potential disaster. She reached out via Facebook to offer a safe haven to horse owners in the path of Hurrican Irma at her own ranch in Round Top, TX.
It is the giving spirit of rescuers like Jessi Kopp that sustain us during these frightening times. Their triumphs make the devastating losses a bit easier to bear.
H/T to KHOU.com
Featured Image via Facebook/Jessi Kopp