STAR Ranch to hold downtown horse parade April 26
STAR Ranch is celebrating the ASPCA second National Help a Horse Day at 1 pm. Saturday, April 26, with a parade down Main Street in Waynesville. The ASPCA is awarding five $10,000 prizes for best national celebration.
“Even though STAR Ranch is a small rescue in a small town, we feel we can compete with the big guys in the big cities by showing community support in attendance,” said Karen Owens, president.
The ASPCA is well known for their cat and dog rescue mission, but not as well known for their equine division, which supports horse rescue groups all over the country. Right now, the ASPCA is providing hay in the western United States where the need is great. They have granted money in some amount to STAR Ranch every year for the past five years. This is the largest award that STAR Ranch has ever attempted to earn from them.
One of the STAR horses, Cherokee, is slated to walk in the parade as long as she continues to improve. She will be walking with lots of other horse enthusiasts who will be riding their horses on Help a Horse Day.
The Girl Scouts, who often visit STAR Ranch, will lead the parade with the ASPCA banner, followed by the Waynesville police color guard. Mike and Vicki Nardozzi, who donated a horse trailer for the STAR horses, will drive the STAR truck and their new trailer. Joe Sam Queen, a long-time horse advocate and STAR friend, will lead the rest of the parade as the Grand Marshall.
The theme for the parade is “2014: Year of the Horse.” A Chinese float is in the making, as well as other festive ideas proposed by several participants. A Small Miracle, who assists youth with autism, will march in support of the therapy horses that they use in their practice.
‘There is no fee to be in the parade,’ said Debra Hodge, board member. “We just want people to come out and have a great time celebrating Help a Horse Day and supporting STAR Ranch.”
Jim Moore, current candidate for district attorney, and his wife, Connie, will show their support by riding in the parade, carriage style.
“We need help collecting signatures to show attendance at our event,” said Owens. “That is the one criterion we have a shot at. Nationally, we won’t raise the most money or have the most in-kind donations. But we have lots of good people who care about horses. Their attendance can make the difference.”
To participate or to volunteer, call 400-4940. For more information on STAR Ranch, as well as how to donate, visit www.star-ranch-rescue.com.