Bull bash raises funds to feed Black Forest horses

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The Monument Bull Bash was a first for the area and was a lot of fun for people who came to watch but it also raised money for a good cause.

Money raised from the Fourth of July event went to the 1,200 Hungry Horses Project which helps feed horses displaced by the Black Forest Fire.

“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Ty Rinaldo of TZ Bucking Bulls in Larkspur. “We wondered how we could benefit the area.”

Rinaldo said an estimated 1,200 horses were displaced after the Black Forest Fire many of them taking refuge at the Elbert County Fairgrounds, the Norris-Penrose Event Center and other places.

“We were trying to get hay to those places to feed the animals,” Rinaldo added.

The project gets hay to those places that need it and one place Black Forest residents have been able to get hay is from the Rockin' B Feed Store on Black Forest Road.

Rinaldo said after the fire happened he came close to just cancelling the bull riding event but after talking to people in Monument and Black Forest and many firefighters who encouraged him to still have it, he decided not to cancel and make it a fundraiser.

All proceeds from the event went to the project. He said there were between 800-1,000 people who attended. Rinaldo doesn't have an exact amount on what was raised because there are still donations coming in.

The bull riding event was initially going to be a military appreciation event, which they still did, but they also made it a firefighter appreciation and they did an empty saddle tribute to the 19 firefighters that were killed in the Arizona wild land fire.

To donate send a check to 1,200 Hungry Horses Project, The First National Bank of Monument at 581 West Hwy. 105, Monument, Colorado 80132 or call TNT Hay Company at 719-425-1600.

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