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Equestrian Center Gets $2K Boost

The Help the Herd fundraising campaign recently received its first check for $2,000 from the Village Community Fund to benefit the GRF Equestrian Center horses. 

Proceeds will be used to purchase various necessary supplies, including: 

  • Flysheets for each of the horses to wear during warm weather to protect them from biting flies and insects;
  • Rubber stall mats to cushion horses’ hooves, ligaments and tendons and to provide comfort under bedding when lying down to rest;
  • Saddles for two horses that fit correctly and help prevent chronic sore backs;
  • Corrective saddle pads for horses with conformation issues; and
  • Protective boots to support horses’ legs while working.

The campaign goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase additional tack as well as upgrade horse stalls. To date, the Village Community Fund and the Help the Herd committee have raised $4,195, thanks to individuals who provided donations ranging from $25 to $500. 

Presentation of a $2,000 check to the Equestrian Center from the Village Community Fund. From left to right: Leslie Anne Mogul, Director of Philanthropy, Village Community Fund; Susan Hemberger, Help the Herd Fundraising Campaign committee member; Laura Cobarruviaz, Laguna Woods Village Equestrian Center Supervisor; and June Bug, GRF horse. Photo is courtesy of resident Mark Rabinowitch.


A significant donation of $2,000 came from the Art Association, which pledged its continued support of the Equestrian Center. When the property fully reopens, the Art Association plans to invite Village artists to the center to create art using varied media (paint, photography, ceramics, etc.) featuring “celebrity” horses. The artworks will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to benefit the Help the Herd Program. 

Residents interested in donating to the Help the Herd fundraising campaign may visit www.villagecommunityfund.org or contact Leslie Anne Mogul at lamogul@comline.com, 760-533-7379. Check out Equestrian Center news and events in the most recent newsletter

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