Woodstock-based Hooved Animal Humane Society hosts annual horse show, picnic

Proceeds go toward food, veterinary care for animals

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock-based Hooved Animal Humane Society hosted its annual Picnic and Fun Horse, Goat and Pig show Saturday in Woodstock.

The event has taken place for about 20 years, HAHS grant and social coordinator Jenna Dickson said. The humane society rescues abused or neglected hooved animals and currently hosts more than 70 horses, 20 goats, 15 pigs, alpacas, llamas and cows.

Proceeds from Saturday’s event mainly go toward food and veterinary care for the animals, she said.

Performances from various groups, including the MidWest Renegades Equestrian Drill Team and some of HAHS’s rescued horses, were spread throughout the afternoon, and some of the other hooved animals were on display.

A dozen vendors could be found inside the “Kids’ Zone,” where crafts also were located. The vendors included On Angels’ Wings Inc. of Crystal Lake, which brought adoptable kittens and a dog that had been displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

There also were bouncy houses and mule-drawn wagon rides.

Dickson said that about 200 people attend the event from year to year, and the equestrian drill team always is a favorite act.

“They’re really fun and do a lot of neat different things,” Dickson said.

Julie Martz and her daughter, Charissa, drove from Wisconsin to see the act. Charissa said she hopes she can perform and compete on her own horse one day.

Crystal Lake resident Laura Fry’s daughter, Samantha, 10, was the youngest of the drill team to perform Saturday as part of its youth team, the Dirt Devils.

“They practice hard,” Fry said.

The group created various formations while on horseback and holding flags, and one older member later performed without a saddle or bridle on her horse.

Mike Schab of Crystal Lake said his family just moved to the northwest suburbs from Chicago and was hoping to get a better sense of the area.

“McHenry [County] seems great. We want to see what it has to offer locally,” Schab said.

Amy Schab, Mike’s wife, and their children just started riding horses and wanted to support HAHS in its mission to rescue the animals, Amy said.

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