For kids to know more about our equine and canine friends

Hands, hooves and fins are joining forces to provide children with an equestrian experience as well as raise funds and awareness

Hands, hooves and fins are joining forces to provide children with an equestrian experience as well as raise funds and awareness for Loaves and Fishes and the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.

On Oct. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m., numerous activities geared for every age are taking place at the Willowdale Equestrian Centre.

Events include face painting, wagon rides, a petting zoo, silent auction, an individual entrepreneur tradeshow, equine and dog demos and the nostalgia-inducing sandbox.

“It’s a chance for kids that are less fortunate that love horses or farms to come out for the experience,” explained co-host Kathy Masters.

She and co-host Lesley Pohl feel the event is an opportunity for the residents of central Alberta to come together to support the two organizations, “So we can be the possibility of playful miracles,” says Pohl.

“It was all her (Pohl’s) idea and she just got a bunch of people with passion and now we’re all involved,” Masters explained.

A family pass to the event is $15 or six items that can be donated to Loaves and Fishes. Single person admission is $5 or three items should be donated.

Willowdale Equestrian Centre is located southeast of Red Deer. For directions visit


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