For the Love of Horses 11

Compassionate Community Celebrates Equine Heroes

The community turned out in full force to support animals and share a day full of fun at the 6th Annual There’s No Place Like Hope Family Picnic & Hoedown, presented by Rosemary Allison, Estates Director for Coldwell Banker.

Animal lovers of all ages showed up to the all-day event at Santa Rosa Valley Park to watch equestrian performances and historic re-enactments, enjoy live music, eat delicious food and delight in the many family activities, all while raising funds for horses in need.

Created by Kimme Black in 2011, the No Place Like Hope Picnic & Hoedown has grown into an annual anticipated family event benefiting different horse rescues in the area. The picnic draws thousands of visitors to the Santa Rosa Valley every spring to bring funding for, and awareness of, the plight of America’s treasured companions to the public conscience.

Proceeds from this year’s event benefitted the Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc., a nonprofit horse rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been neglected, abused or abandoned. Located in Los Angeles, the Saffyre Sanctuary provides opportunities for horses to experience another career or a well-deserved retirement where appropriate.

“Saffyre Sanctuary was honored to be the beneficiary of the 2016 There’s No Place Like Hope Picnic! In their most successful year ever, this awesome fun-filled event brought our communities together with our mutual passion and love of the horses! Thank you all so much for supporting our mission,” says the foundation on its website, SaffyreSanctuary.org.

The event also raised awareness about the work of Tedi Tate and the Warhorse Alliance and Steeds of Light. Founded in 2009, the Warhorse Alliance provides therapeutic programs for veterans and military families. Through the use of the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model, Tedi and Toni Richmond facilitate the horses assisting humans with healing. Their Steeds of Light program helps people in need, including teenagers and battered women by providing healing interaction and therapy with the horses.

“Through experiencing healing with the aid of horses, we are led over the bridge from loss of direction to insight and wholeness. Our mission is to serve a diversity of people, honoring their differences in ideas and culture through all changes and phases of life. The values we hold are at the center of everything we do. We believe in the highest quality of work that enriches our clients’ learning experiences and their relationships with others,” according to the organization’s website.

“We embrace the EAGALA model using the assistance of horses to help clients become more self-aware; empower their choices; build self-care skills and effective communication. All these skills can be instrumental in overcoming behavioral issues and their possible distractions (such as anxiety, depression, grief, co-dependency and anger to name a few).”

The annual There’s No Place Like Hope picnic is open to the public with free admission. An old-fashioned pie auction hosted by Rosemary Allison was a highlight of this year’s event, along with equine performances, Annabelle the pink tractor-pulled hay wagon, dancing, singing and socializing. Find out more about the event at TheHopePicnic.com.