California Coastal Horse Rescue receives commendation from Ojai Mayor Paul Blatz in conjunction with national "Help a Horse Day'
In conjunction with national “Help a Horse Day,” Ojai Mayor Paul Blatz has issued a proclamation announcing commendation for the lifesaving work California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) provides to area equines.
CCHR in Ojai will celebrate “Help a Horse Day” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 with an open house and family fun day at the ranch. The community is invited to this free event, which features vendors, food, games, a silent auction (including theme park tickets), pony cart rides for children, other animal rescues and, of course, the stars of the day – the CCHR horses.
CCHR’s open house is being held as part of ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) “Help a Horse Day,” a nationwide challenge for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about abused and neglected horses.
In addition to raising awareness, participation in national “Help a Horse Day” allows CCHR to compete for a share of $100,000 in ASPCA grant prizes, which is vital to the work they do year-round to care for horses, many of which have been abused or neglected.
“The ASPCA ‘Help a Horse Day’ contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome Ventura County residents and businesses to our ranch and help spread the word about at-risk horses in our community who are in need of loving homes,” said Adri Howe, president and executive director of California Coastal Horse Rescue. “Horses are majestic, loving animals. We hope everyone will come out on April 24 to learn about our work, make new friends, have some fun and help us win as much as $25,000 so we can continue saving horses for years to come.”
An all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, CCHR’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and provide them with a second chance at living healthy, happy and productive lives.
CCHR has rescued horses from throughout California since 2000. Once horses are brought back to physical and emotional health, volunteers work to find them loving, permanent homes.
This year’s “Help a Horse Day” celebration is in honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary. On April 26, 1866, ASPCA Founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse.
The evening of February 25th saw the return of the Night Of The Horse benefit for California Coastal Horse Rescue and it was a truly magical event!
Providing the perfect location once again (and being absolutely wonderful hosts); Bright Star Saddlery in Agoura Hills offered a lovely venue for the event. Thank you to the entire Bright Star Family!
We had a beautiful and mild evening weather-wise so we were all able to spend time outside as we enjoyed some lovely wines and flavorful hors d'oeuvres. We watched as guests happily challenged each other to be the highest bidder on the wonderful silent auction items! Guests got to hear updates about CCHR and about some very happy and hopeful rehabilitation news on CCHR horses. There was also a lovely reading by CCHR friend and supporter Nancy Smeets from the book The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation. Bright Star Saddlery also sponsored a Cavalia 'Odysseo' ticket giveaway that had everyone very eager to win! The music of The Zmed Brothers was awesome and was absolutely a perfect accompaniment to the evening.
A very big thank you to everyone who donated to the silent auction, to those who provided refreshments, to the CCHR volunteers and to those many others who lent their much-appreciated support to the evening.
Thank you so much to all of our friends and supporters who helped to make this evening such a success! The funds that were raised from this wonderful evening will go directly to the care of the horses of CCHR. We so appreciate your support.
Night of the Horse will be back for 2017!