Benefit for horses to be held at Lake Lanier

BUFORD — With a slow growing economy, humans aren’t the only ones who need a little financial help.

On Saturday, the public is invited to the Save the Horses Fall Festival and Fundraiser at The Stables at Lake Lanier Island Resort.

“We’ve done events in the past, but nothing of this magnitude,” said Beth Pedaggi, manager of The Stables at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. “The light bulb went off for me and Su (Hughes, who helps with fundraising). We wanted to help Cheryl (Flanagan, founder of Save the Horses) and put the stables on the map.”

Save the Horses is a nonprofit horse rescue which began in 1998. It provides care for more than 150 horses, plus other animals. During the fundraiser, the organization’s goal is to raise money for its winter hay and grain costs, which can run as high as $15,000 per month.

“I want people to know about us,” Pedaggi said. “Most people don’t even know we’re here. For the fundraiser part, the woman (Flanagan) works tirelessly and her heart is in the right place. She has a great following, but we want to put her name out there even more.”

To raise money, there will be many raffle tickets available for people to purchase. Every half an hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., prizes will be drawn. At 3 p.m., the grand prize winner will be selected, and will win a night stay at the Legacy Lodge for two adults and two children, plus trail rides.

Other prizes include zip lining tours, golf for two, spa treatments, four hour pontoon rental, dinners, car washes and oil changes — just to name a few.

For the children, there are $10 activity tickets that gives the young ones access to a pony ride, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, a stick horse race, pony decorating and admission to the screening of “Secretariat.”

There are also photo opportunities with the horses, food for sale and several live riding demonstrations by National Champions from the American Miniature Horse Association.

Beside the funds, Pedaggi wants people to become more aware of horses and the positive impacts they can have on humans.

“We want to introduce the local community to them and let them know they are majestic creatures,” she said.

Based out of Cumming, Ga., Save the Horse’s mission is to “help improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improve the lives of adults and children through their bonds with horses.”