When an elderly man in Fillmore County was discovered with a large herd of horses he could not care for, some of the horses had to be put down.
Most ended up at a ranch.
Now they need hay, senior formulas, medicines and blankets.
The riding club in Scandia would like to help.
Scandia Riders board member Gayle Bergstrom is working with Truhaven Ranch in Winstead, Minn., where most of the horses are now.
At their banquet this Saturday, the Scandia Riders will learn about the horses and raise money. Then they will organize the delivery of hay and other needed items.
Candy Phillips from Truhaven will be at the banquet to tell the story of the Fillmore County horses.
Bergstrom has found a source for hay, someone to haul the hay, and someone to donate fuel for delivery.
The 6:30 p.m. banquet, a potluck affair, is not open to the public.
But interested persons are welcome to attend the social hour at 5:30 p.m., and anyone donating to Truhaven Ranch will get a raffle ticket. Donations can also be sent to Truhaven Ranch, 23677 Cable Ave., Winsted, Minn. 55395.
Silent auction items donated by members and area businesses will be available for bidding.
The original owner of the horses is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15, facing misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and improper disposal of dead animals.
The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, with funds from the Minnesota Humane Society and a private donor, has started a hay bank for horse owners who are having trouble feeding their animals.
The 2012 drought dramatically increased the going price for a bale of good horse hay. The cost may increase as winter drags on and supplies dwindle.
The Scandia Riders Saddle Club is a family-oriented club organized in 1976 to promote good horsemanship and better understanding of horses.
In addition to a riding, membership offers club-sponsored shows, trail rides, competitions, clinics, and an annual banquet.
Monthly meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N. in Scandia. Board meetings start at 7 p.m.
Members pay $20, or $35 per family, every October.
For more information, visit www.scandiariders.com.