Crawfish boil to benefit Equine Adoption Center

Published 10:47 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

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By Brittany Fuller
Kentucky Cajun and longtime ambulance driver at Keeneland, Bob Landry, joins the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, of Nicholasvile, for its fifth annual Crawfish Boil raising funds to give many horses a second chance at finding a loving home.
“Every horse is important and has their own personality and their own set of needs, just like people,” Executive Director Karen Gustin said. “We’re grateful to Bob Landry, Park Equine Hospital, and all our sponsors who help make the Crawfish Boil a fun event, because their generosity is what helps us to find homes for these horses.”
Hosted at Park Equine Hospital at Woodford, located at 3550 Lexington Road in Versailles, the event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. April 16. There is a $35 fee which includes five pounds of crawfish and can be reserved through today. Proceeds benefit the local Kentucky Equine Adoption Center in Nicholasville.
“Last year there were around 300 people attending,” Director of Development Kathleen Donovan said. “Some took advantage of the takeaway option, coming to buy their five pounds of crawfish and taking it home to eat. There is also beer and water available, a silent auction, music, and fun camaraderie in a casual, family-friendly party atmosphere.”
For those who choose to stay and dine at the event, ticketholders will eat their five pounds of crawfish under a tent with the crawfish boiled right on site in a barn.
“The crawfish comes live from Louisiana, so it’s as fresh as can be,” Donovan said.
The local adoption center in Nicholasville cares for 50 or more horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules on its farm on Catnip Hill Road. The center is the foremost all-breed equine rescue in the state of Kentucky, and last year took in 65 horses of which it adopted out 59.
“At any given time, KyEAC is rehabilitating and retraining approximately 22 to 25 Thoroughbreds,” Donovan said. “The thoroughbreds, like all the other horses, stay at KyEAC until they are adopted. All proceeds after expenses go to helping these horses with veterinary needs, special feed and training.”
Donovan said it is important to help raise funds because without them, the center would not be able to look after, train and find the horses that come to KyEAC a second chance at a new home.
“Recently, we took in a seven-year-old thoroughbred mare named Luna Michaela who had had knee surgery,” Donovan said. “She had recuperated, but she would not be a jumper and needed a good home. Luna Michaela was young, beautiful, and had too much life and love in her to not take the time to make sure she found her person. She needed a purpose, like many people do, yet not too much work for her knee to handle. A retired gentleman came by looking for a partner, and completely related to Luna Michaela. He fell in love with her, and six months after coming to KyEAC, she went to a new home and her new life.”
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