The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Laughing Pony Rescue Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day

April 24, 2016 at 1pm - 3pm

What: Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. will be taking part in the national celebration of ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse Day on April 24 and competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, Laughing Pony Rescue will open the ranch to the public on April 24 from 1 pm – 3. Pony rides will be offered along with horse related crafts and games. Friends and neighbors can learn about our rescue horses and what you can do to help with our rescue efforts. In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000.

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

Laughing Pony Rescue Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization started in 2009 by Rancho Santa Fe resident Celia Sciacca.  Laughing Pony Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused, and abandoned horses of any breed.  Celia has rescued over 300 horses in her lifetime and continues this work with horses from slaughterhouses, Premarin mares and abused horses and ponies, including our newest rescues, Moses and Bambi, rescued from an auction house in Washington before being sent to slaughter.  More information about Laughing Pony, including how you can help, can be found at or by following us on Facebook

Photos available upon request.

Who: RSVP to or register at (registration is required to receive address of the ranch).

When: Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1 – 3 pm

Where: Near the Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe. Address will be sent upon registration. To register, please go to

For more information, please contact Maren Christensen at or call 650-483-7821.