Hope Equine Rescue is gearing up to host multiple events in honor of Help a Horse Day this year. While the main event will take place Saturday, April 22, fans will be able to participate in additional events leading up to the main celebration. This is a great opportunity for community members to learn about the rescues, as well as what goes into caring for horses.
“This is our main fundraiser for the year, and we’ve had great turnout in years past, so we are looking forward to seeing some old faces as well as new ones who are interested in meeting Winston and his Herd of Heroes and learning what we do on a daily basis,” Dani Horton, owner, said.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 4-6 p.m. – Rescue Rock Painting
Have fun and help spread the word about Help a Horse Day. Join rescue volunteers and staff for an evening of rock painting at the barn. The rescue will supply rocks, paints and brushes. Come sit with the horses and paint away!
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 2 p.m. – Grove Roots Brewing Co. – Winter Haven
Winston will be on hand at the local craft brewery to meet and mingle with his fans.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 10:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m. – Storytime/Easter Egg Hunt at Auburndale Public Library
Join us at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for storytime at the Auburndale Public Library. Owner Dani Horton, along with Hope Equine Rescue volunteers, will be telling Winston’s rescue story, as well as talking about horse care.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 2 – 6 p.m. – 4th Annual Help a Horse Day
In celebration of the ASPCA’s annual Help a Horse Day – a national effort on behalf of homeless horses and those who care for them – the rescue will host its own event from 2 to 6 p.m.
H.E.R. will provide this opportunity to enable the surrounding community know how they can be a part of the mission. Event will feature:
2 p.m. – Polk County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Demonstration; Tack Sale Opens
3 p.m. – Auburndale Mayor, Tim Pospichal
3:30 p.m. – Berkley Charter Elementary Chorus Performance
4 p.m. – Teacher of the Year, Jessica Solano (Storytime with Winston and his Herd of Heroes)
5 p.m. – T-shirt Winner and Contestant Recognition
6 p.m. – Tack Sale Closes
The event will also feature barn tours for attendees to learn the stories of the rescued horses, as well as raffles, door prizes and the Hoggy Style BBQ food truck.
This is a great opportunity for those who are interested to come out and ask questions, as well as take a look at the facility and the horses in the care of H.E.R.
No registration is required and there is no fee to attend, although it is recommended that visitors arrive early as more than 400 people attended last year’s event. There is no cost to attend either event.
Donations are encouraged. All proceeds from the event go directly to the care of H.E.R.’s rescued equine.
For more information on the HER Wish List, visit our Event page.