Open House 2017 - A Great Day for the Horses

Despite a cloudy beginning, hundreds of visitors
came to Open House.

With conflicting weather reports and thunderstorms predicted, we had to use our rain date this year. Open House took place Sunday 10/15. We are so thankful to all the volunteers that pitched in extra to pull this event off. We were short help, but so many people went above and beyond to make Open House possible!

Our official greeters were our veterinarian Dr. Mary Beth and volunteer, Dawn.

Dillon was happy to pose for a photo with some new-found and admiring friends.

We honestly didn’t know what to expect with using the rain date. We did have less people, probably around 300-350 instead of our normal 500+, but it was still a successful event for the horses. The farm was beautifully decorated. Despite the weather predictions for hot and humid, the afternoon was cloudy and cooler. We had a huge bake sale, veggie dogs and veggie chili provide by Diane Tarantino and family. Noah DiRoberto came from RunTime Coffee to hand out free coffee to our guests.

RunTime Coffee generously set up and gave out free coffee to our guests, a wonderful accompaniment to goodies from our bake sale!

What could be more creative than cupcakes featuring horses with yarn manes and tails on green meadow frosting with flowers!?

We had a variety of vendors including, 4H group Warm Lives Warm Hearts, St. Hubert's, and Project Horses for Forces, a riding program for veterans, Cards by Franny, two Jewelry vendors, and long time vendors JoAnna West and Barbara Hornstra that have attended Open House for many years now.

We were honored to have 4H girls, Warm Lives, Warm Hearts participate in Open House to help raise funds for the horses.

Emmett and Blaze looking their best and hoping visitors stop by to say hello.

Visitors brought plenty of food for our local food pantry, which was both appreciated and timely as their stock was dwindling.

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10/29/2017