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Young attendees of J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center's annual BBQ & Family Faire strike a pose Sept. 27. Photo: Brian Park
Young attendees of J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center’s annual BBQ & Family Faire strike a pose. Photo: Brian Park

The Capistrano Dispatch

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center’s 37th annual BBQ & Family Faire will take on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which brings in upward of 1,500 people and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Shea Center. All proceeds go directly to the center’s therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with special needs. Last year, the event raised more than $900,000.

A young attendee of J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center annual barbecue takes flight on Sept. 27. Photo: Brian Park
A young attendee of J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center annual barbecue takes flight. Photo: Brian Park

The evening includes demonstrations featuring Shea Center riders, family-friendly activities such as country faire games and barn tours, an opportunity drawing, and a 200-item silent auction and live auction emceed by Kent French of the Anaheim Ducks. Following the barbecue dinner, the “Parade of Stars” featuring Shea Center riders will take place and guests can enjoy dancing to live music performed by country band Swingshift. Dinner will be provided by Montage Laguna Beach.

Gates open at 4 p.m., opening ceremonies and Shea rider demonstrations begin at 6 p.m. and the barbecue dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $55 for adults and $30 for seniors 55 and over, children 13 and under and persons with disabilities. Family packages for two adults and two kids cost $155. Tickets include dinner, dessert, one non-alcoholic beverage and family-style seating. Physical tickets will not be mailed. Western attire is encouraged.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 949.240.8441, ext. 135 or visit www.sheacenter.org. The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center is located at 26284 Oso Road in San Juan Capistrano.

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