BROADCAST: Saturday, August 15, 2020 starting at 12 PM. Like many other events across the world this year, the 2020 Friends of Dunrovin Equine Art Extravaganza will be almost entirely virtual this year. Saturday, August 15 is the start of a 10-day celebration and photographers contest to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children across North America. Please join us!
SERIES: Equine Art Extravaganza
the virtual equine art extravaganza
by SuzAnne Miller
it takes a herd
The Friends of Dunrovin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with Dunrovin Guest Ranch and DaysAtDunrovin.com.
Every year, Dunrovin puts on its Equine Art Extravaganza to raise money for a partner charity with active programs that contribute to human, animal, community or environmental well-being. This year we are delighted to have Shriners Hospitals for Children serve as our partner to receive the profits raised during this event.
The coronavirus pandemic has reminded all of humanity the importance of community for our very survival. Relying on one another for safety and support is common to both humans and horses. Just as "it takes a village" for humans, "it takes a herd" for horses. This theme is meant to capture and celebrate this shared bond between horses and humans and to give gratitude for the enormous value that comes from living together within a cooperative community.
Starting August 15th to August 25th, the Friends of Dunrovin will broadcast 10 FREE DAYS of virtual Live & Interactive Edutainment involving art, horses, ponies, donkeys, birds, wildlife, and nature all wrapped up in a fun donate & rate your favorite photo contest with a specific theme. This year’s theme is “It Takes a Herd.” YOU can help by spreading the word and getting your friends and family involved.
Unlike previous Equine Art Extravaganzas, this year's event will be held entirely online. The event will feature two artists painting two horses at Dunrovin Ranch with six photographers using those horses along with other Dunrovin horses to create a portfolio of five photos that depict the theme of "It Takes a Herd." The photographers will then compete in an online contest from August 18 through August 25 in which members of the public can vote on each portfolio by making a $5.00 donation to the Friends of Dunrovin in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Please see the 2020 Equine Art Extravaganza for details
About Selecting Shriners Hospitals for Children to Receive the Funds
Friends of Dunrovin has chosen the Shriners Hospitals for Children to be its fundraising recipient partner for the next five years. It did so for several important reasons:
- The DaysAtDunrovin Virtual Village has members from across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and we wanted to partner with an organization that provides services across North America.
- Some of DaysAtDunrovin Virtual Village members are homebound because of physical limitations which has given Dunrovin a better understanding of living with disabilities and prompts Dunrovin to want to better support people with disabilities.
- Recently, DaysAtDunrovin has gotten involved with an extraordinary young Canadian, Jeffrey Beausoleil. Jeffrey was born without a right arm or leg. The support he received from the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Montreal, Quebec has been a fundamental part of his growth and ability to thrive.
- Jeffrey will soon enter a very challenging equestrian training program with the goal of qualifying for a seat on the prestigious Canadian Paralympic Dressage team. He is able to set his sights on such a high goal of competing in the Paralympics because of his association with the Shriners. Jeffrey has courageously agreed to allow Dunrovin's Virtual Village to accompany him on this rigorous five year journey. Please read Come Ride with Me to understand the gratitude that Dunrovin feels to be part of his journey.
- The owner of Dunrovin Ranch and the DaysAtDunrovin.com, SuzAnne Miller, has a historical association with the Shriner's Hospital. She was once the Grand Worthy Advisor of Montana for the Order of Rainbow Girls which is a part of the Masonic Order. During her tenure, she raised money from the across the state to pass to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.
Learn more about the Friends of Dunrovin mission and initiatives here.