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post #1 of 9 Old 01-14-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Fundraisers

I am looking to put together a horse fundraiser to sponsor a horse or just donate to a local rescue. I was thinking about hosting a tack sale in the spring with raffles if we could get some donations from local businesses. But I am open to any other ideas or success stories you guys may have!
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I help run fundraisers for the therapy riding program I volunteer at. Been doing it for years.

Bake sales work wonderfully. Don't set a price on things, say the price is a donation of their choosing. I have NEVER seen somebody get nasty and make off with several treats and only put in, lets say, a quarter. If anything, left to their own devices, people will put in more than they'd usually pay for their baked goods. I can't count how many times a friendly cowboy has ambled up to our table at the end of the night, stuck in a twenty, and taken one cookie with a smile and a wink.

Find somebody to sponsor an event, like barrels or something with cows. We do team sorting around here, and a friend of the program manager brings in his cows and its a whole lot of fun. Brings in the horsey people, too. It may be easier to set up a barrel event, however, if you don't know anyone with cows.

Raffles are great. We do five dollars a ticket, or five for twenty dollars. Whats raffled off is things like digital cameras, kindles, once a BBQ. Things like that are universal to the horse crowd and non-horse crowd alike.

If you have calm horses, or friends with calm horses, do pony rides. Always fun.

I have a boatload of other stuff we do, but I don't know what you want in specifics... I'm open to answering any questions, though!

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Also, if you want donations from businesses- catch them fast. They have a budget for donations, and if you wait too long or get too close to the end of the year, they usually have nothing left in that budget and can't help you.
Small businesses are easier to work with, too. I usually have people who are eager to help and simply fill out a gift card for me, or give me a basket of things that aren't selling and we use it in the silent auction. I work in a movie theater, and you can almost always get free movie vouchers from them for the publicity.

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sounds like a good idea
How about an auction where people either make or
bake things to sell

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I was thinking about a bake sale as well. The 'name your own price' type approach is genius. Where do you usually hold things like that?

We have so many horse places around here and constantly have people selling their used tack and horse supplies I would love to organize a tack sale (yard sale style). And have raffles available there.

I don't have any specific questions just yet. I am trying to narrow down and focus in on one idea right now. What types of events are most successful for you?
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I was thinking about a bake sale as well. The 'name your own price' type approach is genius. Where do you usually hold things like that?

We have so many horse places around here and constantly have people selling their used tack and horse supplies I would love to organize a tack sale (yard sale style). And have raffles available there.

I don't have any specific questions just yet. I am trying to narrow down and focus in on one idea right now. What types of events are most successful for you?
Do not have a book sale. That was horrible one year.

We had a barn that offered the use of their indoor arena for it. There is a place off to the side where we have the bake sale and auction and raffle, and then the arena is used for the team sorting event.

I like to go on Craigslist or to tack stores and find people who make custom tack. Sometimes they have extra things lying around they're willing to give you to auction off, for a little advertising for them.

Hmm... The most successful thing we have is the team sorting. Its usually about 20 dollars for three runs, and the prizes are little feed buckets filled with horse supplies- brushes, halters, gift certificates to tack stores, etc. First place gets their first pick, than second gets their pick, and then third.
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i liked all the ideas
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ShinaKonga - They were all great ideas! I think I'm going to incorporate a few of them into a Tack Sale type event with raffles and a bake sale :)

It won't be for a month or two but I'll let you know how it turns out!

THANKS SO MUCH!
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I am looking to put together a horse fundraiser to sponsor a horse or just donate to a local rescue. I was thinking about hosting a tack sale in the spring with raffles if we could get some donations from local businesses. But I am open to any other ideas or success stories you guys may have!
Check your local laws - you might need a lottery license to hold a raffle.
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