Barbara Stewart Interiors hosts Hats, Horses & The Derby to benefit Rainhill Equine Facility located in Bowling Green.

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 7:00 AM CST

Rainhill Equine Facility is the home for blind, abandoned and unwanted horses. In Kentucky we honor these magnificent creatures as they are a part of our culture and history. Starting April 21st through 23rd, women are gathering at Barbara Stewart Interiors to purchase their beautiful elegant hats with an attitude. The proceeds will assist in caring for 56 horses at the Rainhill Equine Rescue and Sanctuary.  “We wanted to create an event to raise money for a local horse rescue; after all this is what the Kentucky Derby is about are the horses. After meeting Karen Thurman, I knew this organization was the appropriate one,” says Susan Hoechner, owner of Barbara Stewart Interiors.  Rainhill is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and operates solely on grants and donations. All contributions are tax deductable. “Every penny raised goes directly to the care of the horses, we provide a home for abused, disabled and unwanted horses” says Sandra Webb, volunteer and right hand to Thurman. For more information on Rainhill, visit www.rainhillrescue.com.

Hats, Horses and The Derby will be held for three days, Thursday hours will extend until 7 p.m. with live music, sipping and tasting some of Kentucky’s finest foods and a trunk showing of several Kentucky crafts and jewelry.

A special debut of Rainhill’s own “Van Gogh” Original Art will be on display and available for purchase. Yes, this horse has both ears missing.  “We are donating 20% of all the sales for these 3 days to help this deserving organization,” says Hoechner, “where else could you purchase an original “Van Gogh” and a fabulous Derby hat but at Barbara Stewart’s!”  The Kentucky Horse Council has an online neglect reporting form at www.kentuckyhorse.org/skinny-horse/ which allows concerned citizens to report neglected horses.

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