PIONEERTOWN –– Grab your families and your cameras and come to Pioneertown Saturday for the Cinco de Mini Walk’n Fundraiser — a day of miniature horses, Western fun and plenty of photo opportunities.
So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary is the largest mini horse rescue in the nation and has rescued more than 200 mini horses to date. The owners discovered Pioneertown when a Joshua Tree resident adopted one of their minis and they came to the Hi-Desert to deliver the horse. On their way back, they stopped at Pioneertown and were awed by the Western feel and eclectic nature of the community.
The next day, Pioneertown resident Ronda Aid reached out to them and together they planned a fundraiser in Pioneertown to raise money for Stan the Man, one of So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary’s minis who has been unable to socialize with the other pets because of a medical condition.
“We’re all really excited to be able to bring the sanctuary to Pioneertown,” said Aid. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for all of the local residents and hopefully we’ll be able to inform people about minis and get them some help.”
Aid has three miniature horses herself and her horse Willie Nelson will lead the equines in a 1.5-mile parade-style walk as part of the event.
The Cinco de Mini Walk’n Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mane Street. The day will include the parade walk around town, a mini costume contest, meet-and-greets with the sanctuary minis and photo opportunities.
Sanctuary co-founder Jeannie Oliver said 20 to 30 mini horses will be in attendance. Other mini owners are encouraged to bring their horses after registering on the event page.
Oliver also said many of the horses rescued in her facility, including Stan the Man, had been neglected their whole lives. Because he is not neutered, he has never been able to socialize with the other animals and have his own herd. The procedure will be invasive because Stan has a medical problem that stops the testes from descending completely, so Oliver hopes Saturday’s event will raise enough money to pay for Stan’s procedure. She also hopes to raise awareness for minis and their unique needs.
“Most people have never even seen minis before,” said Oliver. “We really want to get them out there and show the world how awesome they are so that we can get them into loving homes.”
To donate to the sanctuary, visit www.socalmini.org or come out to the event and donate in person.
“We’re really excited about the event and hope it will be the first of many in Pioneertown,” said Oliver. “Come out, bring your families and have some fun.”