Never-E-Nuff Acres hosted a workday Saturday, with many volunteers from around the Metroplex and as far away as Austin helping out.

The horse rescue ranch is located just off of Farm-to-Market 66 on Arrowhead Road near Maypearl.

Among the participants were the Fans of Barbaro, a group formed in honor of the famous undefeated winner of the 132nd Kentucky Derby. Barbaro shattered one of his legs two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md. The thoroughbred would later be euthanized, although extensive efforts, including three surgeries, were made to save him.

“We have chosen to honor his memory by participating in this workday today,” Karen MacManus of Plano said, explaining that Fans of Barbaro has raised more than $850,000 on the Internet for the purpose of rescuing abused animals.

“We not only raised the money, but we have seen over 2,100 horses rescued,” MacManus said.

More than 40 volunteers pitched in to help Dawn and Phillip Walsh, Never-E-Nuff Acres owners, with various tasks including weed-eating, washing animals, feeding and making necessary repairs to the ranch for the comfort and safety of the 15 or so horses and donkeys that live there.

“All the people here sent an RSVP saying they could come and help us with some of the physical work and spending some one-on-one time with the horses,” Dawn Walsh said. “The funds we hope to raise through the silent auction will go toward the medical expenses of our little colt that came down with pneumonia.”

The Walshes provided lunch and refreshments and other activities were held in conjunction with the work.

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