Photos: Horses get into Halloween spirit

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10/26/2013 3:05 PM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sarah McCombe riding Malvin at Sleepy Hollow Cattle Ranch in Riverhead.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sarah McCombe riding Malvin at Sleepy Hollow Cattle Ranch.

Families and their horses are donning Halloween costumes to participate in a rodeo at Sleepy Hollow Cattle Ranch in Riverhead today, Saturday.

The event kicked off at 11 a.m. and runs to 5:30 p.m.

The kids’ cowboy-themed Halloween event and horsemanship show was hosted by a true cowboy, Missouri-raised cattleman and bareback bronco rodeo competitor, Shane Ely, who operates the Riverhead ranch.

The event features horsemanship classes for children and adults, barrel and dash racing, cattle-roping competitions, rider-and-horse costume classes, egg-and-spoon riding races, pony rides, a swap meet, and a Chinese auction of baskets donated by local businesses.

There is also a free barbeque.

All of the proceeds go to Contractors For Kids, a charity assisting families with seriously ill and dying children.

Since its start in 2005, the nonprofit has helped about 400 families with help fund mortgage payments, bills, funeral expenses, and even cars for single mothers with children receiving frequent treatments.

To support Contractors For Kids and learn about the organization’s activities and upcoming events, please visit www.contractorsforkids.org or call 1-888-208-KIDS.

jennifer@timesereview.com