Santa photos help horses

MARYSVILLE — More than 20 families traveled from as far away as Seattle to get their photos taken with Santa Claus and some obliging ponies during the first day of the non-profit All-Breed Equine Rez-Q’s holiday fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

“We’ve had quite a few adults along with the little kids said Margie Thorngren, a volunteer at the All-Breed Equine Rez-Q who greeted families before ponies such as Blackie, a mini-gelding whose coloring lives up to his name, were trotted out for youngsters to sit on.

Thorngren explained that even regular fundraisers such as the Santa pony photos just barely keep pace with the All-Breed Equine Rez-Q’s recurring expenses, from outstanding veterinarian bills to the ongoing cost of feeding the horses.

“The wood shavings for their stalls are $500 a truckload just by themselves,” Thorngren said. “None of us are paid any money to do this. It all goes to the horses. There’s no overhead for the volunteers. We all do it as a labor of love.”

Thorngren noted the number of young people who volunteer their time at the All-Breed Equine Rez-Q, which she believes gives them experience in the act of giving.

The All-Breed Equine Rez-Q is located at 2415 Marshall Rd. in Marysville. For more information, call Thorngren at 425-350-3346 or log onto


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