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Local golf tournament to benefit horses in need

David Garcia sees his work as the tournament director for Saturday’s Rounds for Rescues Golf Tournament at Twin Warriors Golf Club as a perfect fit.

The charity golf tournament is part of the four-day Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Fundraiser, which is in its second year and benefits the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program, a non-profit located at the Stables at Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo. The organization hosts a series of events throughout the four days, concluding with today’s golf tournament and a gala, that brings awareness to abandoned and neglected horses in New Mexico and raise funds for ongoing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the horses in need.

“My wife and I recently moved to New Mexico,” said Garcia, who was recruited this year to be the tournament director. “We’ve stayed at the (Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa). We’ve visited the stables at Tamaya and we love the animals. We are attracted to the cause. It’s such a good thing.”

Garcia feels good about his efforts and those participating in the golf tournament, a two-man scramble that will have prizes for first, second and third, and will include closest-to-the-pin, long drive and putting contests.

He knows the money will benefit the abandoned and neglected horses in New Mexico. Last year, the inaugural fundraiser brought in $60,000.

Between 7,000 and 19,000 horses are abandoned in New Mexico each year, according to the New Mexico for Equine Rights and Open Government.

The four-day fundraiser also included a Youth Volunteer Day, on Wednesday, that gave local middle and high school students volunteer opportunities, including helping bathe, groom and brush the horses.

On Thursday, local businesses and individuals adopted a horse for a day with a $50 donation registration.

A community rodeo took place on Friday at the Stables at Tamaya as part of the fundraiser.