Heavenly Horse Haven Chili Cook Off feeds community, raises funds

Volunteer James Farnum puts his mount through its paces at the Heavenly Horse Haven Chili Cook Off and adoption event Saturday, Nov. 2. Diane Sieker photo

The Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue hosted steaming bowls of chili, entertainment, ranch tours and the presentation of adoptable horses at their third annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Nov. 2.

Desiree Ferazzano took home the $100 prize for the best chili entered in the cook-off. Chips and salsa were provided to top off the competition.

Idyllwild band The Spaceman Trilogy provided entertainment for the event, performing well-known crowd favorites. The band donated their time for the worthy cause.

Riders Amanda Tell, James Farnum, Kate, Malachi, Quentin and Kaylie Mason presented eight horses to the large crowd, showcasing each animals’ talents from a Connemara pony to a thoroughbred gelding named Bob.

The rescue’s adoptable horses were presented to guests in hopes of finding them new homes. Many of these animals are acquired by the rescue in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Others are owner-relinquished in perfect health and in various phases of training. The horses are assessed and vetted, and their individual needs met. Additional training is provided if needed. When they are ready, they are offered for adoption to their forever homes.

“It is our mission to help meet the need for a ‘safe haven’ for horses or other farm animals who are at risk, neglected, abused, too expensive to keep, unwanted or otherwise in need of special care,” according to the Heavenly Horse Haven website. “We are a diverse team of donors, supporters and volunteers from all walks of life who have stood up and said, ‘Not on my watch!’ We are united in the belief that ‘I can help save this animal.’”

Besides horses, the ranch is home to an emu, dogs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, poultry and pigs.

Past events have raised necessary funds to help feed, vet, house and otherwise care for the lucky animals at the rescue.

Heavenly Horse Haven owner Gina Perrin said, “I want to thank volunteers Julie Anne Steiger, Megan and Tim Nevills, Pat Hitchcock, Peggy Hitchcock and Donna Stauffer for all their help.”

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane in Anza. Contact them at (951) 551-3561 or info@heavenlyhorsehaven.org. For more information about Heavenly Horse Haven, visit  www.heavenlyhorsehaven.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Heavenly-Horse-Haven-Inc-249695083829.

To learn more about the band The Spaceman Trilogy, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSpacemanTrilogy.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.