Horse rescue organization to hold 12th annual Benefit Horse Show

SAFE’s event to be held Aug. 4-5

Redmond-based Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) will hold its 12th annual Benefit Horse Show Aug. 4-5 at Donida Farm Equestrian Center in Auburn.

Presented by F5 Networks, the proceeds from this two-day horse show will benefit SAFE’s horse rescue program. SAFE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and adoption of neglected and abused horses.

There is something fun for every one — and every horse — at the SAFE Benefit Horse Show. Competitors of all ages will be vying for blue ribbons in dressage, hunters, English and western pleasure, halter, showmanship and trails. Special classes for rescued and senior horses celebrate the continued usefulness of horses that have been saved from at-risk situations.

Spectators are welcome to join in on the family-friendly fun. Entry to the show grounds and parking are free all weekend. Food and beverages are available for sale. No dogs will be allowed on the showgrounds.

Members of the public are also invited to a Saturday night party, sponsored by F5 Networks, 14 Hands Winery, and Sparkling Ice. Dinner will be woodfire pizza and fresh salad catered by Veraci Pizza and a summer favorite — Sub Zero Ice Cream. Diners will be entertained by their second annual Hobby Horse Challenge, where creative riders mount stick horses and perform dressage and trail maneuvers with a dash of humor sure to be enjoyed by all. The party will also include a performance by Broken Arrow Mounted Archers, of Arlington — a group of talented riders showcasing outstanding horsemanship paired with exciting archery skills.

Dinner tickets are $20 per person and are available online at

SAFE provides its horses with needed veterinary care, hoof care and additional training to help ensure them a safe and productive future.

Once these horses are ready to go to permanent homes, SAFE undertakes a rigorous screening process to find ideal placements for them — carefully reviewing applications, checking references and conducting site visits. Horses are adopted out under contract, and SAFE maintains a responsibility to each horse’s well-being throughout its lifetime.

SAFE works to support Animal Control divisions in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Whatcom and Skagit counties. SAFE also helps horse owners in the community who can no longer care for their animals.

Since 2005, SAFE has rescued and carefully re-homed more than 220 horses. SAFE is a grassroots organization that relies almost entirely on public donations to fund its programs. SAFE is a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, and all donations made to SAFE are tax-deductible.

For information about SAFE or about the SAFE Benefit Horse show, visit, or contact Bonnie Hammond, executive director, via email:, or phone: 206-331-0006.