Shatner has been hosting the charity horse shows for the last twenty years – inspired after he watched an exhibition by children who were so severely handicapped that some of them could not hold their head up, yet there they were going through intricate exercises on the back of a horse. The program was sponsored by Ahead With Horses, a therapeutic riding group for handicapped children. In 1990, Shatner hosted his first charity horse show, and the event has become a major fixture on the charity calendar.
This year’s event – on May 1 – will benefit AHEAD with Horses, Camp Max Straus, Starlight Children's Foundation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, The Painted Turtle and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The event will feature an auction that includes an artwork that will be auctioned off for the Hollywood Charity Horse Show’s Horses for Heroes All Glory Project. The piece is the work of Elizabeth Shatner, wife of William Shatner. It is also the image used for this year’s Hollywood Charity Horse Show logo. It is a framed giclee print and measures 16 inches by 24 inches. The art is numbered #1 of 30 Color Proofs and signed by Elizabeth Shatner.
The Horses for Heroes All Glory Project, spearheaded and supported by Elizabeth Shatner, has become one of her passions. By extending the equine riding therapy programs established for children by William and Elizabeth Shatner several years ago the outreach for this project is directed to wounded warriors, active duty soldiers and their families. The funds raised also support the horses themselves which are such an integral part of any therapeutic program.
The event will be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 West Riverside Drive, Burbank. More information can be found here.