Laughing Pony Rescue to hold first fall gala luncheon in Rancho Santa Fe


Rancho Santa Fe’s Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. will hold its first gala luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

The event will feature a silent auction with prizes including a horse clinic valued at $500, two acupuncture sessions valued at $200 each, original art work by a local artist, one night at the West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, and many more valuable items.

A live auction, moderated by auctioneer Larry Wight, offers a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath casita for six days and five nights in Los Cabos, Mexico, including a personal chef; saddles; three days and two nights at the Lodges at Gettysburg; and original artwork, among other prizes. A special drawing for a $2,000 diamond from the Diamond Boutique will also take place.

During lunch, models will stroll the tables in the latest fashions from several local boutiques, including Mila in La Jolla. These fashions and others will be available at an on-site boutique for guests’ shopping convenience. Guests can choose from Maine Lobster Salad, a Vegetable Napoleon Stack, Grilled Free Range Chicken or Grilled Flat Iron Steak. Dessert will be a French apple tart. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase. Everyone will leave with a swag bag.

Music will be provided by Cowboy Jack, who will also MC the event. Richard Lederer, Union Tribune columnist and the most successful breeder of world-class poker players in history, will lead a poker clinic and game starting at 2 p.m. He will instruct beginners and intermediates in the fundamentals of Texas Hold’em. There’s a separate $100 buy-in for this and seating is very limited.

Tickets are available at at $75; poker costs an additional $100. All proceeds (after expenses) will go directly to the care of the horses at Laughing Pony. To donate to the auction, contact Maren Christensen at

Laughing Pony Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2009 by Rancho Santa Fe resident Celia Sciacca, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused and abandoned horses of any breed. Visit or