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Healing the Hoof

April 1 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CARBONDALE, Colo…Smiling Goat Ranch is hosting the fifth annual Healing Hoof It at
5 pm on Fri., April 1 in Carbondale. This year a 5K run has been added to the annual
awareness event which also includes a one mile walk and animal parade.

The event begins at the Carbondale Recreation Center. With a shotgun start, runners
will go first, then walkers and then the Smiling Goat therapy animal parade. All
participants will cross over Colorado Ave. to the Promenade. The runners continue
down Main Street and proceed to the scenic Rio Grande Trail and on to the Gus Darien
Rodeo Grounds for the turn around and stay on the bike bath the rest of the way to the
finish line where they began.

The streets will be closed as the walkers will join the walking parade of therapy horses,
goats, miniature horses and dogs – alongside families served by Smiling Goat and its
community partners and friends – then head to 4 th Street Plaza for a post-walk
celebration. The celebration will include a photobooth with the animals, energy drinks
and snacks provided by Independence Run and Hike and information booths by Smiling
Goat wellness partners including Aspen Hope Center, Challenge Aspen, the Veterans
Hospital of Grand Junction, Stepping Stones, Ascendigo, Aspen Strong, Western Slope
Veterans Coalition, Mind Springs Health, Huts for Vets, Arc of the Central Rockies,
Aperture of Hope and YouthZone.

Smiling Goat Ranch served more than 300 people in 2021 and does not charge families
for its therapeutic services. Cost of this walk/run fundraising event is $35 for adults, $25
for youth ages 3-18, kids 2 and under are free. Participants will each receive a goodie
bag and are encouraged to register in advance at
https://www.smilinggoatranch.com/healing-hoof-it. Onsite registration will be available
from 4-5pm; race start 5:30 pm.

This event would not be possible without its sponsors: Wrangler, Slifer Smith &
Frampton, Alpine Bank, Lowe, Berthod Motors, Grand River Health, R&A Enterprises,
Ascent Events, Town of Carbondale and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

Established in 2015, Smiling Goat Ranch helps humans heal through horses and
interaction with other social animals, movement, nature, and supportive community. All
proceeds from the walk/5K will benefit Smiling Goat Ranch, which provides therapeutic
services for free to autism families, veterans with PTSD, children and adults with anxiety,
depression and related conditions.

“In seven years, we’ve helped hundreds of children and adults,” says co-founder Sheryl
Barto. “We made a vow never to let fees hinder healing so all of our program need come
from donations, grants and fundraising.”

For more information, visit www.smilinggoatranch.com or call 970-379-1383.


April 1
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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