2011-10-20 / General Stories

Bluebonnet Horse Expo Helps Starving, Abused, and Abandoned Horses

The 5th Bluebonnet Horse Expo will take place on October 22 from 9am until 7pm at the Travis County Expo Center at 7311 Decker Lane in Austin.

The Expo is an exciting, family-friendly day full of learning, education and horses. This year’s event includes the Bluebonnet Art Show, Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge (a training competition featuring rescue horses), riding and horse care clinics, Trick Horses and vaulters, a live auction of horse and ranch equipment, plenty of shopping, rescue horses to meet and much more.

Many of the rescued horses, donkeys and mules plan to attend the event and will be introduced to the public. If you are interested in adoption, come meet the horses and find your new equine pal. Preapproved adopters may adopt an equine on the day of the Expo, so be sure to get your Adoption Application in early. Anyone who adopts at the Expo or turns in their adoption application at the Expo will receive half-price adoption fees.

Proceeds from the event benefit the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, a nonprofit organization that helps starving and abused horses across Texas and Arkansas. Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes. With the drought last year and associated hay shortage, BEHS has been overwhelmed with calls about starving horses throughout Texas and Arkansas. The Bluebonnet Horse Expo will be BEHS’s major fundraiser for the year, and will directly impact the number of horses they will be able to help in the future.

Donations of new and gently used horse/farm/ranch equipment and horse/farm/ranch-themed home d├ęcor, art, clothing and jewelry are still being accepted. All donated items will be sold as part of the Bluebonnet Horse Expo to raise funds for rescue horses.

Admission is $5, with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Visit www.bluebonnethorseexpo.com or call (888) 542 5163 for more info.

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