Rescue Ride helps rescue unwanted horses
Riders raise funds to rescue neglected and unwanted horses.
By MARK EADES
Bethany’s Gait and Hanaeleh Horse Rescue in Santiago Canyon hosted its first rescue ride.
The horse riding event was done in conjunction with the National Rescue Ride which took place across the country on Sunday, Oct. 19. The national ride, really a series of rides by various local groups, raised funds to help with neglected and unwanted horses.
Approximately 30 people signed up for the local ride & walk that took place at O’Neill Regional Park at the O’Neill Arena. While five people walked, the rest rode horses.
In addition, there were representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, South Orange County Equestrians and the Orange County Fire Authority.
Sponsors for the event included: American Horse Products, Ortega Tack & Feed, Pavilions and Jerry’s Dogs.
Participants in the event raised nearly $4,000 through sponsorships they obtained prior to the ride. All proceeds from the event, with the exception of the $20 registration fee that went to National Rescue Ride, were split between Bethany’s Gait and Hanaeleh Horse Rescue.
Bethany’s Gait rescues neglected horses and works with neglected or abused children. The children are frequently paired with one of the horses, helping to care and feed the horse.
Hanaeleh works to rescue unwanted horses from being sold to slaughterhouses. The group brings the horses to the corral it shares with Bethany’s Gait in Santiago Canyon.
For more information on Bethany’s Gait, visit www.bethanysgait.org; for more information on Hanaeleh Horse Rescue, visit www.hanaeleh.org.
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