PenFed's Joe Thomas Talks About How and Why He Gives Back
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Joe Thomas on Giving Back

June 6, 2021
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“It’s not what you get, it’s always about what you give.”
Meet Joe Thomas, PenFed’s chief information officer. A self-proclaimed “conundrum” from industrial Northern England now living in the Texas Hill Country, Joe talks about his passion for rescue horses and the importance of giving back.


There’s an old arabic saying that, “the winds of heaven blows between the ears of a horse.”

Joseph Thomas. I’m the chief  information officer at Penfed.

I’m a conundrum, right. So here I am, parents from India, born in England with this crazy
accent, running around the Texas Hill Country like a cowboy. I think I’m an international man of mystery, but yeah it’s been quite a journey from industrial Northern England to the Texas Hill Country.

Texas, everything’s bigger in Texas.

Right, so you just got the big sky, and to be outdoors and enjoying, you know, enjoying the   the fresh air and enjoying, you know, being around all of God’s creatures, you know, large and small.

Right now on the property we have two black labs, we have four cats, four horses. So, why we got into rescue: Horses are amazing animals.

They’ve played an important part of the history of this country. (Got her winter coat
still.) And so, it was our way of giving back.

Rescue horses needed opportunity, and I just feel that’s an important part of being on this planet.

It’s what you leave behind, right. It’s not what you get. It’s always about what you give.

This was one of our first rescues. We called him Buddy. He was in a pretty bad state when he arrived, pretty emaciated, you can see his ribs and his hips showing out.

Turns out he was a great grandson of Secretariat. Didn’t make it as a race horse and ended up being abandoned and left to starvation.

And there he is after about six months. He looks great. And here he is fully healthy, and this is an important picture for us because he’s actually laying down and horses don’t lay down unless they feel safe.

I think if I’d stayed in England, you know, I wouldn’t, I probably would have stayed in my, you know, little comfort zone, but coming to America,

I’m just so appreciative of of what this country is and what opportunity it gives everybody

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