Willie Nelson to play at Hollywood Charity Horse Show Benefit (2/25/09)



Willie Nelson will play this year’s William Shatner’s 19th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show a benefit for Ahead With Horses and Camp Max Strauss.

The annual horse show, a tribute to the great work of a charity for disabled children, Ahead With Horses, has been host to musical acts the likes of Brad Paisley, Ben Folds Five, Lyle Lovett and Randy Travis, and guests Ben Stiller and Sylvester Stallone.

Chef Fabio Vivani of TV’s Top Chef New York and Cafe Firenze will also prepare a culinary feast for guests at the event.

William Shatner’s 19th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show

For the past nineteen years, William Shatner has spearheaded the HCHS to raise money for a worthy children’s charity.

It was back in the late 1980s that Shatner first 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. When the exhibition was over, Shatner sat, deeply affected by what he had seen. “You can’t watch these kids without knowing you have to help, somehow.” And so, in March of 1990 came the birth of the first Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Soon, other charities in need of help were added, small, grass root charities doing big time jobs.

Today, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show is an ongoing event that garners national press coverage.  On one special Springtime Saturday afternoon each year, HCHS brings together world-class reining horses and riders in breathtaking slides and spins as they compete for top honors in their respective classes. 

Then, as the sunsets, the much anticipated auction and music show put on by headline groups such as Brad Paisley, The Ben Folds Five, Lyle Lovett and last year, Randy Travis, kicked off right after an amazing array of food & fun.  Come join us this April 25, 2009 for an uplifting and worthy event to support an important cause.

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