STAR Ranch 'raises the roof' with new shed this winter

Workday is Nov. 29
Nov 18, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo STAR Ranch of Waynesville offers a safe environment for abused and neglected horses. The organization will hold a workday Friday, Nov. 29 to raise a new three-sided shelter for its horses.

Thanks to a grant from the EQUUS Foundation, STAR Ranch will be able to provide a new run-in shed for their horses this winter. Volunteers have offered their expertise in the planning stages with drawings, a materials list, the digging of footers and even taking down a tree that was in the way.

“Now it is time to ‘raise the roof,’” said Mike Rodriguez, ranch foreman.

STAR Ranch is asking all able-bodied folks to join them Friday, Nov. 29, to build the three-sided structure with a roof.

“We hope family members might be visiting the area and need a way to work off some of that Thursday meal,” commented Karen Owens, ranch president.

The last run-in shed was built in a small pasture for two horses as an Eagle Scout project by Joe Grasty. When the winds blow and the temperatures drop, all the STAR horses are given access to the barn.

“That’s a lot of horses in one place,” said Owens, who also said that the new structure will take the pressure off the barn and be safer for all concerned.

The run-in shed is being built adjacent to the larger pasture so that the five to seven recovered horses usually in that field can gain access to shelter at will.   The new three-sided shed will be located conveniently to the horses' spring.

"Anyone interested in signing on that day will be treated to lunch and a beverage — not leftovers!” added Owens.

For more information about the workday, call 400-4940. Visit for information about year-end tax deductible donations or mail to 970 Rabbit Skin Road, Waynesville, NC 28785. In addition, those interested may follow the progress of the building on the organization's Facebook page at STAR Ranch.

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