Devon, Pa. – June 17, 2019 – The 2019 Brandywine Horse Shows is set to kick-off June 26 and will run through June 30 and July 2-7. Held at the historic Devon Show Grounds, the show features two weeks of premier competition. This year, Brandywine Horse Shows will be benefiting two charities, the Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) and Danny & Ron’s Rescue.
For over two decades, MLAR has been rehabilitating and rehoming animals that have fallen victim to abuse in the Chester County, Pennsylvania area. With the help of over 600 volunteers and an onsite veterinary clinic, MLAR touches the lives of thousands of animals each year. Their continued efforts have been featured on the Today show, Nightline, ABC’s The View, and numerous Animal Planet television programs. The MLAR team was also instrumental in the passing of Pennsylvania’s new dog laws.
“We are so honored to be the beneficiary of this year’s Brandywine Horse Shows,” said Gillian Kocher, Director of Public Relations at Main Line Animal Rescue. “It is through events like this that we can not only raise awareness of our lifesaving mission, but also raise funds to help us do just that!”
Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta started Danny & Ron’s Rescue in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed towns and left dogs homeless. The couple has turned their home into a sanctuary for puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dog-fighting, and hundreds of dogs from shelter, often moments away from euthanasia, where they personally care for the animals until they are ready for adoption. Robertshaw and Danta believe that the best way to prepare a dog for adoption is to integrate them into a loving home environment before transitioning to a life-long home with a loving family.
Danta said, “Danny [Robertshaw] and I are very proud to be associated with such a quality horse show. They have a great management team and something that is very dear to our hearts is that all of those on the committee are all great animal lovers. Not only do they support our rescue, but they support horse rescues and various other efforts. Everyone from Geoff Teal, Louise Serio, and Jennifer Burger, they are all such true animal lovers. We are very honored to be one of the beneficiaries of the show. All of the money that we receive as a beneficiary will just help save so many more dogs!”
On Saturday, June 29, Robertshaw and Danta will be presented with the Moran Family Award in recognition of their contributions to the equestrian community, their unwavering dedication to the welfare of all animals, their willingness to always jump in to help their fellow man and for leading by example.
Brandywine Horse Shows is proud to support the efforts of both MLAR and Danny & Ron’s Rescue. In addition to this year’s beneficiaries, each week of this year’s highly anticipated event has an array of options to fit a variety of riders’ abilities, from lead line to national derbies events. Throughout the duration of the event, over $100,000 in prize money will be awarded to riders of all ages from professionals to young riders.
Due to its immense success last year, Brandywine will continue to host its third annual Brandywine Cup Equitation Classics. They will be held on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 6. The $2,500 Mike Rheinheimer Equitation Trainers Award will again be presented to the trainer of the overall Brandywine Cup winner during the second week.
For more information about MLAR, visit https://www.mlar.org/
For more information about Danny & Ron’s Rescue, visit https://dannyronsrescue.org/
Exhibitors, sponsors, vendors and guests can learn more information about Brandywine Horse Shows by visiting www.brandywinehorseshows.com
and downloading the prize list here
About Main Line Animal Rescue
Main Line Animal Rescue has an intense focus on eliminating the systemic issues that lead to animal abuse and pet homelessness. This is what has set Main Line Animal Rescue apart as advocates and warriors – fierce opponents of the mass breeding of dogs, and forever fighting for the welfare and future of our nation’s neglected animals. Thanks to more than 600 active and engaged volunteers, an onsite veterinary clinic and innovative training and educational programs, Main Line Animal Rescue helps thousands of animals every year.
About Danny & Ron’s Rescue
Danny & Ron’s Rescue speaks for helpless animals that have no voice. Danny & Ron began their rescue after Hurricane Katrina by aiding dogs that were left homeless by the storm. Since then, their outreach has grown to heights they never imagined. Now Danny & Ron’s Rescue is rescuing puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dog-fighting, and hundreds of dogs from shelters-often moments away from euthanasia. Danny & Ron currently deliver pet food and supplies to more than 48 elderly people living in poverty-and pay for their dogs’ medical bills, too. They have rescued dogs from junkyards and shelters, freed animals chained to trees and living in small cages, and saved abandoned pets living on the streets.