Community support needed for chance to win $25,000 ASPCA grant and save more horses

MURCHISON, TX – The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue will be taking part in the national celebration of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse Day and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant money to assist with its efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, The Pegasus Project will host Wings Over Pegasus, an airplane and equine extravaganza. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the 95-acre Pegasus Ranch, located at 7111 CR 2339 in Murchison. The Pegasus Project was awarded $10,000 each of the last two years as a prize winner in the 2015 and 2016 Help A Horse Day contests. This year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

Wings Over Pegasus features a variety of airplanes and helicopters. The Experimental Aircraft Association/Young Eagles Program will offer a limited number of free airplane rides to kids ages 8-17, whose names will be drawn randomly. The day will be a casual, carnival atmosphere with skydivers, face-painting, fun horse games, pony rides, equine massage demonstrations, arts and crafts, and competitions for the whole family. One of the highlights this year is a thrilling airshow by “The Raptor.” There will be a raffle drawing for two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Guests can enjoy photo opportunities with “Pegasito,” the winged-donkey in his kissing booth and horse poop roulette, among other family-friendly games.

The Pegasus rescue horses are available to meet, pet, and finger-paint. Guests can visit with the Pegasus trainers and staff to learn about the horses and get information regarding adoption and sponsorship opportunities. The SPCA of East Texas will be on-site with a variety of adoptable dogs.

Parking is $5/car. Food, refreshments, and participation in games are available for purchase.
“The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome the residents of East Texas onto our ranch to help spread awareness about at-risk horses in our community,” said Allyson DeCanio, President of The Pegasus Project. “The day is a celebration of our wonderful rescue horses in need of loving homes. The cool airplanes attract a wide variety of people to the ranch where they can personally connect to the magic of Pegasus.”

Because horse neglect, abuse and abandonment in East Texas is a prevalent and serious problem, The Pegasus Project’s mission is to educate the community about the need for more action. Pegasus was founded in 2009, and over the past eight years has rescued, rehabilitated, retrained and re-homed hundreds of mistreated horses, donkeys, and mules. The public is invited to come enjoy the day, learn about this life-saving work, and help with this very worthy cause. All proceeds benefit the horses of The Pegasus Project.

For success stories, see horse photo albums at (high resolution photos available upon request).

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