STAR Ranch named 'Help a Horse' Day winner

Jun 30, 2014
Photo by: Donated STAR RANCH NAMED NATIONAL WINNER — Angel waits in her trailer, all decked out for the parade. STAR Ranch's 'Help a Horse' Day parade earned it $10,000.

STAR Ranch was named one of five national the winners of the second annual National Help a Horse Day sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Other winners were Begin Again Horse Rescue, New York; EARTHEART, California; Equine Outreach, Oregon; and Mylestone Equine Rescue, New Jersey. Each of the winners was awarded a grand prize of $10,000.

STAR Ranch’s celebration was a horse parade that was held April 26 in downtown Waynesville. Horse groups, floats, equestrians, walkers and cloggers came together for the first-ever horse parade. Haywood Tourism made a video of the parade, set it to music and used it to promote “Visit the Smokies,” which can be seen at

“The $10,000 prize will help STAR Ranch do barn repairs, purchase needed equipment and create an emergency fund for future horses,” said Karen Owens, president.

There were 80 entries from 32 states and only five winners.

“This is simply amazing.” Owen said. “We can hardly contain our joy and thank everyone who participated in and worked on the parade.”

“Now the run in shed can be finished, the flapping barn roof repaired, two big barn doors installed, the fence built around the front of the barn and gravel spread on the muddy roadway,” said Mike Rodriguez, ranch foreman.  “We’ve been waiting years for extra funds since all donations go to the animals.  I’m gonna need some help.”

To volunteer, call 400-4940.