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South West Florida Horse Rescue will host our 4th Annual Benefit to support the rescued equines currently at South West Florida Horse Rescue, Inc. and the development of southwest Florida’s growing equine rescue facility. Mark your calendars:

Sunday, April 15th
9 am – 5 pm
@ the SWFHR Facility

Bring the entire family out for a day in horse country. We will have live music by the very talented, Buckin’ Wild Band and other local artists, delicious food provided by local vendors such as Carrie’s Catering, Nawty Hogg BBQ, and Mr. Ed’s Ice Cream. Featured groups like the Whispering Pines Clydesdales, Calendar Girls Florida, UpBeat K-9 Mobile Dog Training Co., and others will be giving demonstrations.  Multiple vendors will be onsite with an assortment of items for purchase.  Raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing, games for the kids, hay rides for the family, tours of our wonderful facility, Bake Sale, Tack Sale and much much more.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Other fees may apply.

Event Sponsors

    More Sponsors are to come… We are still accepting sponsors. Notify us if you are interested.

    Why have this event?

    It was April 15th, 2014 that SWFHR (founded 2010) was able to purchase a property, in order to develop an equine rescue facility.  All of which was made possible by a grant from a private foundation. The owners Tina, Matt and a host of dedicated volunteers over the years have been developing the facility that you will see.  The horses always come first is our motto. Most do not know the vast cost of running an organization of this size, nor do they truly know how we fund our daily operations. Read more about us, to truly know more about us.

    This event is primarily to celebrate the 4th year of operation here at the new SWFHR Facility.

    We hope to see our local community and their families enjoy this event and leave with a smile on their face, a bit of knowledge behind what we do, and who we are.  Maybe even a prize or two from our auctions and raffles.

    Bring the family and out for a day in horse country! Proceeds from this event will go to the continued construction of our wonderful Rescue facility, to make this a safe and healthy environment for all of our rescued equines.

    Read more on our Facebook event page here and tell your friends!

    What will you see at the benefit?


    Meet & Greet the rescued equines at the facility. Meet the horses in their living environments and be given a brief synopsis of their story by SWFHR Event Volunteers.  Greet the working staff of SWFHR to put a face to the people behind the scenes at South West Florida Horse Rescue.
    Music sponsored by these artists: Buckin’ Wild Band, Ayla Lynn, David Hintz and Barb Rea.
    Demonstrations featuring a number of educational and entertaining shows headlined by the Whispering Pines Clydesdales from 10am-12pm, the Calendar Girls Florida from 1pm-2pm, and UpBeat K-9 Mobile Dog Training Co. demonstrations just to mention a few.
    Games for both adult and children.
    Food Vendors from Philly Cheese Steaks or Pulled Pork to Ice Cream or Shaved Ice our food vendors got you covered. Highlighted vendors are Carrie’s Vending, Nawty Hogg, and Mr. Ed’s Ice Cream.
    Merchandise Vendors
    everyone loves interesting things and our vendors will bring it. Highlighted vendors are Healthy Harvest Community Farms, FarmHouse It Up, Whisk Me Away, and more to come.

    (some may require fees for tickets)

    Tack Sale
    Pony Rides (if possible)
    Hay Rides
    Bake Sale

    Food & Beverages Sponsored By:

    Concessions By Carrie

    Nawty Hogg BBQ Co. | (239) 571-9225

    Mr. Ed's Ice Cream & Shaved Ice

    Mr. Ed's Ice Cream & Shaved Ice

    Mr. Ed’s Ice Cream

    From Philly Cheese Steaks or Pulled Pork to Ice Cream or Shaved Ice our food vendors got you covered

    Music Sponsored By:

    Whispering Pines Clydesdales

    Featured from 10am-12pm. Carriage rides possible (temperature depending)

    The List of Vendors on site:

    Artfauxistic Solutions
    Healthy Harvest Community Farms
    Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
    Farmhouse It Up
    Fields of Grace Farms
    Real Relief Magna Wave
    Whisk Me Away
    Grow Within
    Usborne Books & More

    New Vendors may add all the way until the day before the Benefit.

    What fees will there be at the benefit?


    This event is “Open to the Public” meaning there is no entry fee. Donations, however, are much appreciated.
    Music, Entertainment / Demonstrations, and Touring the facility are free.

    ACTIVITIES that variable fees apply

    Bake Sale
    Hay Ride
    Food Vendors
    Vendors (Cash is highly encouraged as some may not be able to process card transactions)
    *Pony Ride*
    (this may be possible)
    Tack Sale

    What specifics, do I need to know about the benefit?


    April 15, 2018


    9am – 5pm


    14811 State Road 31

    Punta Gorda, FL 33982

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    -Sun Block (if needed)
    -Umbrella (if needed)


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