Annual Love a Horse, Hug a Horse Day 7/15

DOVER PLAINS – Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (LOHR) will hold their second annual Love a Horse, Hug a Horse Day on Saturday, July 15th at their Dover Plains facility located at 2699 Route 22.

The purpose of National I Love Horses Day, celebrated on July 15 each year, is to encourage people to think about the economic, cultural, and historical contributions that horses have made to the United States. It was also established to honor the importance of horses to the country’s security, recreation, and legacy, as well as their continuous impact on America through media such as film and their continued presence in open space. This National I Love Horses Day on July 15, we are not going to tell you to hold your horses because today is about going all out for horses! Horses are one of the most beloved and adored animals in the world. In fact, horses are in fourth place on the list of the world’s most popular animals. Horses have been very important for humankind for a while now, having been domesticated since ancient times. Due to their versatility, horses are used in a variety of fields, from agriculture and transportation to entertainment. Horse racing and show jumping also see horses showing off in front of cheering crowds.

Join us in celebrating horses this July 15! Meet the minis and draft horses, spend some time with a retired racehorse. Our mission is People Helping Horses Heal People, and we invite you to learn how our 49 rescued horses work with people to educate, support and heal our community. Come learn about Lucky Orphans while supporting local vendors and making memories.

Lucky Orphans is the highest accredited and licensed farm in Dutchess County, offering the highest level of equine assisted therapy and development programs. Join us and learn about what makes us so special. Hug a Horse Day is our annual community outreach day. We keep this event completely FREE (except for food and things you purchase) so you can enjoy a day on the farm with your family without worrying about cost.

If you cannot attend the July 15th event, please consider donating to help the horses. Each horse requires $30 a day in care. Your gift is so very valuable.

“Our annual Hug a Horse Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to help spread awareness about the equine-based programs Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue offers the community,” said Deanna Mancuso, Owner and Director of LOHR. “Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is proud to host this wonderful event and we look forward to seeing the community on July 15th. ”

Gates open at 12:00 to browse vendors and meet the horses. Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available. To learn more or purchase your tickets today, find us on Facebook at, contact or visit

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