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How the West Was Fun: Cattle Baron’s Ball Coming to Huntington Beach on Aug. 12

Free Rein Foundation in Huntington Beach announces:

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Monday, July 26, was bittersweet for the Free Rein family, who bid one of their rescued Mustangs safe travels . With very little coaxing the mare boarded the horse transporter taking her to Tennessee. She will join two new Mustang brothers who were also Free Rein rescues and their two-legged mom, Rocky. Sapphire, whose coat gleams like an orange sapphire, was rescued by Free Rein Foundation two years ago. She and a dozen more mustangs have been rescued and rehomed by Free Rein in the past four years. 

The non-profit, 70-volunteers-strong Free Rein Foundation began at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center in 2014 as a sanctuary for horses and humans. Not all members of Free Rein’s eclectic herd of once-unwanted horses will be adopted into forever homes. Here, they serve a noble purpose: helping humans solve life’s struggles and build self-confidence through non-riding equine-assisted services led by certified equine professionals.

Free Rein Foundation holds a signature event each summer to raise funds needed to sustain its mission and keep the horses well-fed. This year for the first time, on Saturday, Aug. 12, Free Rein will present “The Cattle Baron’s Ball” at the Red Horse Barn at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center.

“The enthusiasm of our volunteers in putting together a very unique event for our supporters and new friends has been incredible,” says Justine Makoff, president and founder of Free Rein Foundation. “We’re excited to see folks come alongside for what’s shaping up to be such a fun-packed and memorable evening.”

The Yellowstone-themed Cattle Baron’s Ball will include fresh-air, sit-down dining; the James Kelly band; line dancing instruction; a Whiskey Game Room; live and silent auction; a chance to meet the mustangs and miniature horses, and more. Funds raised are earmarked for pasture improvements that include small barns for miniature horses and better facilities for clients and students.

Cattle Baron’s Ball tickets are available by visiting https://www.freereinfoundation.or/events. For more information on the Cattle Baron’s Ball or Free Rein Foundation, please contact Equine Specialist and Manager Judy Alexander at or 714-328-9923.