Humble Ranch to host fundraiser Saturday

Annual event benefitting education and therapy center includes barbecue, auction, games for children

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What: Annual fundraiser for the Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Humble Ranch on Routt County Road 14

Cost: $25 for adults, $10 for children younger than 12. The price includes dinner, a hay ride and games. Humble Ranch can accept only cash or checks, no credit cards.

Contact: RSVP to pat@humbleranch.com or 879-3443

— A local nonprofit organization that helps the community throughout the summer months is asking for a little help in return this weekend.

The Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center, which uses equine activities to benefit people with special needs, will host its seventh annual fundraiser Saturday night at the ranch. The fundraiser will include barbecue, live country music by Gib Manzanares, a silent auction and games for children.

"It's very family-oriented," said Pat Anthony, program assistant and volunteer coordinator at Humble Ranch. "This annual event is to honor our volunteers, staff and supporters, and to raise money to operate our horse and animal therapy programs."

Programs at the Humble Ranch include hippotherapy - in which clients who are mentally or physically challenged receive therapy on or with a horse, and therapeutic riding - which focuses on coordination and balance. Humble Ranch offers three mini-camps throughout the summer that allow campers to ride horses, lead llamas, participate in art projects and take part in typical camp activities in a unique environment.

Humble Ranch operates with the help of more than 60 volunteers, a schooling team to exercise the horses, a barn manager, a staff of physical and occupational therapists and special education teachers.

"We also have seven to 10 horses who are truly the heroes of Humble Ranch," Anthony said.

Saturday's event is Humble Ranch's only fundraiser for the year, Anthony said.

The silent auction will include many unique Western items, she said. Humble Ranch calendars featuring the horses and schooling team will be sold, as will special note cards painted this summer by camp participants.

"We are so grateful to all that support us, and we invite the community to share in this special evening under the stars at the Humble Ranch," Anthony said.

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