Children and their families are invited for a pony ride, horseback riding demonstrations, and refreshments at the grand opening of Stetson Stables in Waldoboro on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations from the pony rides, accepted in either cash or canned food, will go to benefit the Waldoboro Food Pantry, according to Melissa Lague, director of Stetson Stables. There is no minimum or maximum donation so families may bring whatever they think is appropriate.

“We’re hoping we can have a great day educating children and their families on the many aspects of horseback riding, and that we can help the community through the Waldoboro Food Bank,” Lague said.

Stetson Stables, the area’s newest facility for equine enthusiasts, is located at 2475 Washington Road (Route 220) in Waldoboro. The stables will offer riding lessons for all ages and riding Day Camps for ages 6-16, and will lease and sell horses.

“We are also willing to create custom programs tailored to individual needs,” Lague said. The stable offers lessons in English riding, dressage and jumping. Western style is available as well.

Stetson Stables will also offer on-site Pony Birthday Parties.

The stables are home to a Hanoverian Thoroughbred Cross, a mustang and two ponies.

Lague has years of experience in horsemanship. She has been riding since the age of 3 and has six years of teaching experience.

For more information on Stetson Stables and the grand opening, contact Melissa Lague at 542-6223 or stetsonstablesme@yahoo.com.