Virtual Auction & Hay Fundrasier

The Horse Shelter (THS) stable is full taking care of a herd of 78 horses. After a two-year auction hiatus and resulting revenue loss, along with rising hay costs, THS is taking the popular auction and hay fundraising virtual. The online auction and fundraiser will go live 9:00 am on Sunday, September 19th and concludes 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 26th.   To participate in the event, visit our event

Drought has increased the cost of hay by 21 percent and with the shelter near capacity with 78 horses and an annual feed bill of $120,000, our goal is to raise at least $50,000.  THS purchases over 8,000 bales of hay each year and drought years can significantly increase the price by as much as four dollars per bale.

Board Chair, Jennifer Rios notes “We have had to cancel our ever popular Auction Fundraising event for two years in a row now. We miss it and we know a lot of you do as well. Of course, we also miss the revenue from this event, which averages $100,000. The Horse Shelter’s hay budget for 2021 is $120,000 and we hope you will help raise hay for our 78+ horses! THS is concerned about this year’s hay yields and how badly they will be diminished by the ongoing drought and always leads to increased hay pricing and even a little increase makes a huge difference to us.”

Auction items donated by local artists, business and supporters include a one-of-a-kind, 26” mixed media red horse sculpture by Siri Hollander and a bronze sculpture by Lisa Gordon, a hand thrown horsehair vase by Karen Sebesta, Native America Jewelry, Dooney & Bourke purses, and gift certificates to local venues and restaurants. To view auction items, click here (direct hyper link to the auction items –

Auction Site: THS Online Auction

To donate to the Hay Fund, please click here: or call 505.471.6179.