The beautiful Lipizzan Stallions are coming to Charleston this weekend to benefit a local horse shelter.

I love the concept of horses helping horses, and you can lend your support by going to this spectacular show. Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions are coming to the East Ridge Stable in Charleston for 4 shows, which start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, to support the Lawrence Farm Equine Shelter in Athens.

Tracy Lawrence, the founder of LFES, says he's excited to have been chosen to benefit from the show that features one of the rarest breeds of horses in the world. He says the funds will be used to help the organization gain 'non-profit' status, purchase new pens, cover veterinary costs, and ensure that there's enough hay on hand for winter.

Right now, the Lawrence Farm Equine Shelter has 14 horses that they care for, which requires a lot of hay. It takes roughly 200 round bales to carry LFES through the winter and, at $45 to $60 a bale, it gets very expensive, very fast. As a matter of fact, the shelter is looking for any donations of hay they can get for the days that the Lippizan Stallions are visiting.

Lipizzans are extremely rare. The breed has been endangered numerous times by warfare in Europe, including WWI and WWII. The rescue of the Lipizzans during World War II by American troops was made famous by the Disney movie Miracle of the White Stallions.

Folks will need to bring their own chairs for the shows, which will be under cover so rain won't be an issue. There will be seating for people with disabilities, including a wheelchair accessible section.

The Darling's Ice Cream truck will be on hand, Any other vendors interested in taking part can contact Debby Kendall at (207) 904-9658.

Tickets are $16.00 in advance for adults/$18.00 at the gate, and $10 in advance for children ages 6 to 12/$12.00 at the gate. Children 5 and under get in free. This is a cash-only event, and so credit/debit cards will not be accepted.

For more information, log onto the event's Facebook page.

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