The Horse Boy Foundation is proud to present nationally known singer, Chadwick Stokes of the bands Dispatch and State Radio, and famed Texas legend, Dale Watson to headline the First Annual Horse Boy Music Festival on Sunday, April 13. Doors open at noon. The festival will be held at The Elgin Cotton Oil Mill. (301 E. 1st St., Elgin Tx 78621). Tickets are $20 online at $30 at the door, and are available at www.horseboyfest.com/tickets
Other artists on the lineup include local Austin favorites: Erin Ivey, Ruby Jane Smith, DaHeBeGeBees, and The Jitterbug Vipers. Mixer Rogers will DJ.
Vendors, arts and crafts displays, a Kid’s Korral (including bounce house petting zoo, face painting and more), equestrian show, and more will all be part of the day’s festivities. Some food trucks will include gluten free and allergy free food options. The Elgin Art Walk will feature several local artists, and festival goers will have the opportunity to visit local artists studios throughout Elgin.
Founded in Elgin, TX by Rupert Isaacson in 2007, Horse Boy Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission includes providing free equestrian therapy services to families of autism. The foundation was created when Rupert first took his son Rowan into the saddle. While on their Quarter Horse mare, Betsy, Rupert found that his sons’ obsessive behaviors simply fell away as they rode. Rowan even learned to speak on Betsy’s back. Documenting his son’s accomplishments, Rupert’s bestselling book, The Horse Boy, later hit the big screen. The film, also called The Horse Boy, received recognition as Winner SXSW Audience Award 2009, Official Selection Sundance 2009 and Official Selection SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. Together, The Horse Boy Foundation and the Horse Boy Music Fest committee are combining efforts to make equine therapy available to more families. Visit www.horseboyfoundation.org for more about Rupert Isaacson and The Horse Boy Foundation.