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Winsong show a charity fundraiser

September 17, 2013   ·   0 Comments

By Jeff Doner

Since 2007, Winsong Farm in King has held its annual fall show to help raise awareness and funds for local charities that are involved with animals.
This year, owners of Winsong and organizers Winnie and Bill Stott have chosen to benefit a neighbouring farm in King that offers programs for children in the community who want to be involved with horses called Perfectly Stable.
Winnie said that because getting involved with horses is so expensive, many youth don’t ever have the chance to work with horses, but that’s possible at Perfectly Stable.
The fundraiser itself features a one of a kind show, in which horses will perform a series of tricks and talents. It’s something that has garnered a lot of positive feedback for Winnie and her horses and the tricks have only gotten better over the years.
“What got us going was we had horses when they were weanlings and too young to ride, so we started working with them to do tricks and things like that,” she said. “We had never done that with horses before, but now the two horses are nine years old and we did our first show when they were three. People then said you should be charging for the show and donating to charity, so that got us thinking.”
Since they began collecting money for charities as admission, the event has raised roughly $10,000 for a handful of local charities and groups.
“At first we were just doing one show, but after the second year we had 90 people sign up and that’s a lot of people to have in the arena watching, so we’ve spread over two days for quite a while now and since doing that we were almost raising $1,400 a year at each show,” she said.
During the show, the horses perform a series of tricks including sitting down on a big bean bag chair, differentiating objects, retrieving, playing the piano, square dancing and much more.
“Anything we can dream up, they can do, you just have to figure out the right way to present it to them,” Winnie explained. “It’s incredible. There’s nothing like watching a horse trot towards you carrying your name in its mouth. If you show them they will remember and can do it. They really can differentiate objects.
“Real horse people will come and say they’ve never seen horses have so much fun and we’re having fun doing these things that we never thought we would be able to teach.”
This year the shows will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 6 both at 2 p.m. and costs $10 per person.
If you’re looking for a good time and to support a local organization, reserve your spot by contacting winsong.farm@routcom.com.

         

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