Get in the saddle for Equine-Assisted Therapies’ annual ‘Horseshoe Hoedown’
Equine-Assisted Therapies, formerly Horses for the Handicapped, will host its fifth annual “Horseshoe Hoedown” at 6 p.m. at the Vegso Family Arena at Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Nov. 2. The hoedown is the nonprofit therapeutic program’s signature fundraising event, expecting to draw more than 400 guests.
The event will feature a gourmet buffet dinner, prepared by culinary experts from the International Polo Club and Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches. In addition, there will be a silent auction and music provided by the Andrew Morris Band. Tito’s Handmade Vodka joins the team this year as one of the sponsors.
“Last year’s ‘Horseshoe Hoedown’ was our best event ever, and we’re expecting this year’s event to be even bigger and better,” said Anne Vegso, who chairs the board of directors at Equine Assisted Therapies. “There is really nothing else like it in South Florida.”
Earlier this month, more than 60 guests were on hand for the event’s kickoff held at the Capital Grille in Boca Raton. The informal gathering included a guest appearance by Maggie, a 9-year-old mare from the therapeutic riding program. Guests had an opportunity to step outside, meet Maggie and offer her carrots. “We’re really grateful to the Capital Grille for its support,” Vegso said. “The launch party set the tone for everyone to have a great time at the hoedown.”
Set outdoors in a covered area, the hoedown provides an opportunity for guests to visit with members of the organization’s 11-horse herd and watch students from the equine-assisted therapy program demonstrate riding skills during the “Parade of Champions.”
Along with a few surprises, the evening will also include a silent auction featuring trips and hotel stays to horseback riding lessons and event tickets.
“What really makes the ‘Horseshoe Hoedown’ special is that it takes place in a casual environment where guests can relax and have lots of fun, while at the same time, they learn about our growing program, says Mandy DeBord, executive director of Equine-Assisted Therapies. “The committee that has been helping plan the event is focused on making it a great time for everyone, and they’re doing an amazing job.”
The “Horseshoe Hoedown” is presented by Sean O’Keefe events, and tickets are priced at $100.
For more information, call 561-974-2007 or visit www.equineatsf.org.
Anne Vegso, left, and Stephanie Scheinman
Michelle Rubin, left, Howard Lerner and Laura Shellswick Lerner
Gail Handleman, left, Brian Handleman, Lauren Charles and Dustin Bates
Justine Morgan, left, Kevin DeBord, Mandy DeBord and Mara Murphy
Dan Dodge, left, Carole Zeitchick and Stan Zeitchick