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Horsin' Around trail ride set for April 14
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Jacob Wanamaker saddles up for a ride at a previous Horsin Around event.

Lacy Garrison

You won’t have to hold your horses much longer because the third annual Horsin’ Around is coming April 14.

Horsin’ Around is a fundraising trail ride benefiting the equestrian program for men, women and children with special needs.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Horsin’ Around Farm, 386 Viola Road in McMinnville. The ride is $25. For those who want to participate but not ride, the cost is $10. For children 10 and under, the cost is $5. The price includes lunch, entertainment and activities.

Recent questions surrounding the zoning of 386 Viola Road will not have an impact on this year’s event.

“I’m on the horse side of things so I’ll be the one leading the ride up to the top of Ben Lomand Mountain, which usually takes 2 to 3 hours,” says Neal Cox. “The horse riding mini-lessons are also really popular as everyone loves to ride Prince the Pony.”

Through a Rotary grant, the program started with the basic purchases of special saddles, helmets, stirrups, and other items. When storage became an issue, another Rotary grant aided in purchasing a box trailer. This year’s proceeds will go toward finishing the tact building, which will provide a bathroom for the children and more equestrian supplies.

“It’s very important to us to keep this equestrian program alive,” says Holly McBride, one of the event coordinators. “The benefits are scientifically proven and I’ve seen a child with nonverbal autism speak on a horse so that immediately won me over.”

There is something for everybody this year including a petting zoo, pony rides and carnival games. These fun activities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the event. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by a live auction.

Items are still needed for the Horsin’ Around auction. If you would like to donate, the organization needs the donations by April 9.

“Anything from home décor to nursey stock to gift certificates would be great,” said McBride. “The auction is really fun and Dan Vickers will be our auctioneer again this year.”

For more information, contact Holly McBride at 808-8816 or Neal Cox at 235-5660.