Heart of the West Celebrates 20 Years

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Carousel Ranch Celebrates
20th Year of Heart of the West

Annual Fundraiser Includes Children’s Demonstration

Presented by the Princess Cruises Community Foundation, Carousel Ranch’s annual fundraiser, Heart of the West, is gearing up to be the best yet! Held on the Western grounds of the equestrian therapy organization, HOTW will be catered by Salt Creek Grille with a bar hosted by Vincent Hill.

Guests will peruse silent auction items and have a chance to bid on live auction prizes. But the real draw is the children’s demonstration, a tear-jerking experience that features Carousel Ranch special-need students wowing on their faithful steeds. Be sure to wear your dancing boots, because the fun goes well into the night, thanks to Heart of the West After Dark. Line dancing, casino tables and tours of the new Tack Shack and Ready to Work! Classroom will be held by the Ranch’s first group of RTW students.

Saturday | August 27

Held at Carousel Ranch in Aqua Dulce beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $85 for general admission
and $175 for VIP. Buy yours online at www.carouselranch.org or by calling. 268-8010

The Carousel Ranch Story

Carousel Ranch is a special place where disabilities seem to disappear, if only for a short time. For anyone not familiar, this nonprofit organization has provided developmental therapeutic and recreational programs for children with special needs through equestrian therapy for two decades.

Meet Sebastian, who has only been riding at the ranch for a little over one year. He suffers from symptoms of an extremely rare dysfunctional gene known as CLN8, a disorder characterized by degeneration of the central nervous system. It causes seizures and progressive mental retardation, loss of motor function and visual decline to blindness. There is no known cure for this disorder. Sebastian is now legally blind. His motor skills are declining, and he has difficulty walking, speaking and chewing.

Horse therapy helps Sebastian forget about his disorder and all of his limitations. His time on a horse has helped to promote self-confidence and has given Sebastian more assurance of what he’s able to accomplish both on the horse and in life. We hope readers share our passion for the work of Carousel Ranch and join us in offering support for the 20th Annual Heart of the West on Saturday, August 27. To learn more or to donate, visit

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