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July 20, 2012

SPOTLIGHT: Head to Equi*Star the Ranch for family fun this Sunday

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A perfect Sunday afternoon for the family is right in your own backyard, as Equi*Star holds its annual open house on Fuller Road in Burt this week. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food, fun, activities, a basket auction and a chance to see the sprawling ranch that helps so many special needs children and adults in Western New York. There’s something for everybody and admission is free, so saddle up and head down to Equi*Star.

The whole family can enjoy summer fun at the Equi*Star open house, even if you don’t ride horses. The kids can get up close and personal with the beautiful animals that inspire their riders and maybe even take a pony ride. You’ll definitely want the family camera along at the beautiful ranch. 

The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and features a pulled pork dinner, live music, pony rides, a pie-judging contest, 50/50 split drawing and 25-cent games for the kids. There is a great basket auction and winners need not be present, so drop by and take a chance on some wonderful prizes.

New this year is a trick rider and cattle penning demonstration. Everybody is welcome, young and old, farmers and city slickers. The ranch is located at 2199 Fuller Road in Burt.

Many people still do not know what the Equi*Star program is about, or how they can become involved and support it. If you come out on Sunday you’ll meet the folks who hold this volunteer organization together.

Equi*Star was founded in 1994 by Miriam Smith. Miriam was a returning college student majoring in Human Services when she interned at a therapeutic riding center. This experience inspired her to launch her very own program specifically for people with disabilities.

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