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Neptune Feed & Saddlery is proud to announce a two-year title sponsorship with the Long Island Equine Trail to support the equine industry on Long Island. The combined efforts will launch several island-wide equine initiatives including the Long Island Drive-Thru Farm Animal Tour, a family-friendly, educational, and social distancing safe experience starting June 20, 2020.
Every business has been impacted by COVID-19, within the equine industry this holds true especially for the equine rescues who operated on limited resources prior to the pandemic. The ticketed drive-thru tour will provide these rescues with financial support to provide critical care to their animals that provide services ranging from equine therapy, recreation, and jobs throughout the region. The young and the young at heart alike will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature and the farms 4 legged residents from the safety of their car. After almost 3 months of quarantine at home, families will be able to get fresh air, be educated about each animal's history, and have access to a digital map with photos and fun facts about each farm animal from their smartphone. Online reservations and face masks are required and time slots are limited to ensure New York State public safety mandates are enforced for this 30-minute contactless tour. “We are a small farm with a big heart. Working with like-minded organizations is critical for all of us to weather this storm together,” says Laurel Palermo, Founder of North Shore Horse Rescue. “We’ve been here for over 15 years. This initiative will allow us to be here for the next 15 years.”
North Shore Horse Rescue and Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue located in Riverhead will be the first locations providing this drive-thru experience starting on June 20. “As a family-owned and operated business for over 26 years, we understand the needs of the communities. Our investment in the Long Island Equine Trail is an extension of that daily commitment,” says Lynsey Bailey, co-owner of Neptune Feed & Saddlery. “Our customers are our family. While we all move forward to reopen Long Island together, we plan to be even more involved with every action with our entire community.”
Long Island Equine Trail provides a platform to collaboratively advocate for the equine culture on Long Island for both Nassau and Suffolk County. They work to inspire the public to develop an appreciation of the equine industry which includes the areas of equine leisure, competition, racing, social, work, and rescue. “When you visit a Long Island equine destination, you share in the pride we have for the people, places, and passion for horses,” says Diane Tucci of Main Street Agency. “Our firm is leading digital storytelling for these efforts. My daughter personally volunteers at a local equine rescue and growing up on a farm on the North Fork, this work couldn’t be closer to my heart to assist.”
An economic impact study conducted by The American Horse Council shows that the New York state’s Equine Industry is the second largest agribusiness in New York, providing the state with $5.3 billion in economic impact generating 42,400 full-time jobs for New Yorkers. The horse industry also does its part for the preservation of green space. Approximately 1.3 million acres are currently used for horse-related purposes, and the equine industry is active in every one of New York’s 62 counties.
“We’ve had to pivot our barn operations to be able to offer our services while keeping everyone safe. We are committed to continuing to work together to bring the equine community to every household,” said Marisa Striano, Founder of Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue. Inspired by Spirit's Promise Equine Rescues Hay For Horses Mobile Food Pantry hosted at Tanger Outlets Riverhead during Giving Tuesday on May 5, the Neptune Feed & Saddlery collaboration will support increasing the frequency of the horse mobile food pantry throughout all of Long Island for equine organizations going through economic challenges to receive free food for their animals.
For additional information about Long Island Drive-Thru Farm Animal Tour visit www.longislandequinetrail.com
Sunday, July 26 at 11:00am to 3:00pm
Long Island Equine Trail 2746 Sound Ave,, Riverhead, NY