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Saddle up to help riding club, animals

Horse lovers can help out on Saturday.

By SANDEE DAVIES, Times Staff
Published September 2, 2007


A love of horses has spurred kids in a Pinellas Park riding club to raise money for a group of neglected horses that were removed from a local stable.

The nonprofit Saddle Up Riding Club had scheduled an event when members, moved by the plight of the five emaciated horses and one donkey, decided to donate part of the proceeds to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which recently took possession of the animals.

"We were planning on doing a fundraiser for the club, but after I sent out an e-mail to all the kids in the riding club and 4H club, I was bombarded with e-mails from the kids wanting to do something to help the horses," said Kellie Sipos, founder of the club.

One 4-year-old girl went door to door to collect money for the neglected animals. She raised $22.

The evening will feature horseback rides for $5, a silent auction, balloons, face painting, and hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones.

A therapist from the Magic Beans Village therapeutic horseback riding program will give a demonstration.

The club teaches proper horse care, riding techniques and responsible horse ownership. The benefits include barn time, and trail time for qualified riders for a reasonable monthly fee. The club, which rents space at a stable in Pinellas Park, also offers riding lessons for those who don't want to participate in club activities.

The riding club has partnered with Magic Beans Village, an organization that aims to increase the functional abilities of disabled individuals through horseback riding, pool therapy, gardening, cooking and art programs.

IF YOU GO

Trot on over

What: Horseback riding fundraiser.

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Helen Howarth Park Horse Arena, 6301 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

Why: To raise money for the children's riding program and for a group of neglected horses seized from a local stable.

Contact: On the Web,www.saddleupridingclub.com or call 520-3132.