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27th Annual Horse Show & Tack Sale to Showcase Local Riders’ Equitation Skills

2. Rider Giles Oh (age 5) and Volunteer Drew Jensen

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center will host its 27th Annual Student Horse Show & Tack Sale showcasing riders of all ages and capabilities on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at their riding facilities, located at 4420 Calle Real in Santa Barbara.

The fun-filled day will celebrate the organization’s student riders as they proudly demonstrate their equitation skills before a cheering crowd of supporters, family and friends. The event is open to spectators free of charge.

“Our Horse Show is an exciting and joyful day that offers students from all walks of life the opportunity to express themselves and share their talents and achievements with the community,” said Alexis Weaver, executive director of Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center. “We invite everyone to come out and join us in honoring our students and celebrating the countless lives our equine-assisted programs have changed.”

Since 1985, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center has improved the lives of individuals with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges, illnesses or injuries, in Santa Barbara County through equine facilitated activities and therapies.

This year’s event includes a special salute honoring U.S. Veterans, a therapeutic riding demonstration by Hearts staff, games, a children’s play area, and several equitation and obstacle classes for Hearts’ students to highlight their accomplishments. A Mexican-style lunch will be available for purchase ($10 for adults / $5 for children) and an information tent area for the public will include wine and drinks.

The San Marcos High School choir will kick off the show by singing the national anthem.

Another highlight of the annual event is the tack sale, which offers gently-used, donated items, from saddles, bridles, boots, britches, to blankets at tough to beat prices.

All funds raised will benefit Hearts’ mission to inspire, strengthen and motivate people of all ages and capabilities through equine assisted activities.

Hearts’ facility at 4420 Calle Real is located across from the County Sherriff’s Department and up the hill. Directions are available here.

For more information about the Horse Show or for sponsorship opportunities, please call (805) 964-1519, email or visit

About Hearts Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Established in 1985, Hearts employs equine assisted activities to inspire, strengthen, and motivate children and adults with special needs. Hearts is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization and is recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) as a “premier center” — the highest possible level of accreditation, demonstrating a superior level of adherence to national industry standards. For more information, please visit or call (805) 964-1516.

June 11, 2017

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