April 3, 2021 2-10 pm
Coachella Valley Horse Rescue (CVHR) is spearheading an event that hopes to lift the spirits of the community as well as “raise the barn” on their sanctuary property. Spring hats are highly recommended and will be awarded. Fellow non-profit organizations joining the event include the Desert Recreation District, Pegasus Riding Academy, Academy of Music Performance, Scouts of America Troops 415 and 1973, Street Life Project and many others. Activities will include horse demonstrations, horse paintings (yes, our horses paint), live music including a drive-in concert, an “Instrument Zoo” sponsored by the Academy of Music Performance, an all-safe Easter Egg-stravaganza (aka an Easter egg hunt) with sanitized egg painting stations. Guests will be introduced to our rescue horses, big and small. There will be many other activities for kids and families, as we pay scrupulous attention to traffic control, spacing and surface sanitation. Guests and staff will be required to wear masks. Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout. “We are fortunate to have the space to accommodate many people across our 8-acre property,” says Lisa Morgan, CVHR Marketing Director. “Our local charity organizations have struggled along with every other small business. Event marketing is a critical part of raising funds, and we have been extremely stifled over the last 12 months. We are happy to be joined by our fellow non-profit organizations, and to share our unique space. Our goal is to keep our horses, staff and guests safe, while making the smiles big enough to be seen from behind their masks.”
Live music also provides local musicians a chance to finally play in a safe outdoor environment. The bands are graciously donating their craft to the event. The lineup includes The Ghost Notes, who pay homage to the Grateful Dead and other bands of that era; The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will bring their unique and exceptional tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Coachella Valley’s Academy of Music Performance graduates will join the lineup: Singer/songwriter/recording artist, Brayden Davlantes, and the award-winning youth rock band, Pescaterritory, will wow audiences. CV Music Award winning band, Lisa Lynn and the Broken Hallelujahs will bring their brand of “Y’all-ternative” country rock and soul, along with some surprise guests.
A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available online at CVHorseRescue.org as well as on the rescue’s social media pages. Space will be limited for safety purposes. Tickets are $25 per person (children under 5 are free). A family pack of 4 will be available for $60. Concert parking is an additional $10.
ABOUT CVHR: The primary purpose of CVHR is to rescue horses from abuse, abandonment, and slaughter. 80 horses have been rehabilitated and have found their forever homes. CVHR engages in charitable and educational activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CVHR connects people with rescued horses to help educate and improve the quality of life for children and adults interacting with horses. Programs offer equine-assisted growth and awareness within the community including Scouts of America, Veterans, and Seniors as well as contributing to community service hours for student credit. CVHR has also extended its reach to Eager, Arizona where a sanctuary for older and unadoptable horses and animals is under development. Specifically, a barn needs to be built to shelter horses in order for them to retire in cooler temperatures and grassy pasture. They also hope to arrange transportation for animals who urgently need to be rehomed to the sanctuary before summer. Two of those new residents include Guapo, a steer rescued from the brink of starvation, and his best friend Mabel, a pot-belly pig.