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New Easter Egg Hunt raises funds for local horse rescue


Christopher Andersson

Tashina Cortez raises one of the eggs she found into the air in excitement during an Easter Egg Hunt hosted at the All Breed Equine Rez-Q horse rescue on April 8.

Marysville and Tulalip locals came out to the All Breed Equine Rez-Q horse rescue in Tulalip to hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny on April 8.

This is the first year the local horse rescue has hosted an Easter Egg Hunt, which they started to provide a fundraising opportunity early in the year.

"We've tried all the different holiday fundraisers, like Christmas, which is our biggest and best one, and we wanted to do something in the spring," said Dale Squeglia, president of the horse rescue.

She said that spring is a busy time for fundraisers, but they had the idea of putting on an Easter event for kids and ran with it.

The event provided pony rides, lunch, photos with the Easter Bunny and food for many local families.

"It's pretty successful so far," said Squeglia, who said that they ran out of Easter eggs after the first hunt because more kids attended than they anticipated. They had to have volunteers run out to the store to get more eggs. Squeglia also said they had to get more volunteers for the event than they thought they would.

"I think the families like the eggs and the bunny," said Squeglia. The Easter eggs were hidden around some of the rescue's yards and stables.

They also provided prizes with some of the eggs, while others contained the traditional candies.

Local grandmother BJ Cays said she read about the event in the newspaper and came down with her grandson.

"We loved it. It's really fun and they were helping him find eggs, and he got to meet the Easter bunny," she said.

Cays' grandson also enjoyed the pony rides that were available.

"He didn't want to get off the horse, that really shocked me. I didn't think he would want to get on it," she said.

"It's fun, the kids love it," said local parent Amber Cortez.

Christopher Andersson

All Breed Equine Rez-Q volunteers Serenity Turner, left, and Claire Matthewson, right, help guide pony rides as Griffin Gagner enjoys the ride during an Easter event at the local horse rescue on April 8.

The event helped raise funds for the local horse rescue, which runs mainly off of volunteer efforts and donations.

Baked goods were also sold to raise funds.

"Our best fundraising [horse] passed away so we're having a little memorial sale for her," said Squeglia.

"She's the one who went on the road and did shows at different stores for us," she said.

Squeglia said that is a lot of money each month the rescue won't have now.

She hopes that additional volunteers and funding will come because of efforts like their Easter Egg Hunt.

"The kids [teen volunteers] try, but there's only so much we can do with 18 acres," she said.

Squeglia thought the event went well and hopes to continue it in the future.

"It seems to be pretty nice, so we'll probably do it again next year," she said.

More information about the local horse rescue is available at


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