Young and old always enjoy meeting Livy, who is an excellent goodwill ambassador for all horses. Livy even enjoyed being braided by a young visitor.
Our annual Open House was a “hot” one in more ways than one. We reached 86 degrees, and this was our biggest Open House to date. Over 700 people visited the farm on 10/9 to see the horses and learn more about Mylestone.
Volunteer Mary Frinzi greeted visitors at our new Welcome Center, providing information and what they might see.
This year we added a welcome center as you came in which really helped direct people who were new to the farm. We had wonderful vendors again this year plus several new ones. Our bake sale expanded this year to a bigger area, and we had wonderful new merchandise to offer to visitors.
This year our Silent Auction was organized outdoors under a nice, shady tent. The fabulous auction items were a big draw, as always.
Our silent auction was huge with over 80 baskets and items available. Our vet Dr. Wilson set up a display with posters, x-rays and tools, informing visitors about some of the horses’ medical issues we deal with on the farm. The volunteer table was very successful; we have had about 10 new volunteers come for training. One of our volunteers also provided new signs for all our tables and displays. We sold many Mylestone 2012 calendars as well.
A very young horse lover, (check out her pink cowboy boots!), meets and gently pets Jingle.
Despite the warm weather the horses were great, and they enjoyed the attention overall. All the horses’ bios were on the fences or stalls so people could learn about how they came to us.
We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to put this event together. The volunteers were amazing! Our annual Open House provides the public with incredible awareness about the plight of abused and neglected horses, and how they can help them. We couldn’t do it all without our volunteers.