Commemorate Cinco de Mayo while supporting the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation program and the opening of its new satellite facility at Equine Rescue of Aiken on Monday.

Those attending the event will have a chance to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, while learning more about a program that is changing lives.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the new Cumberland Village Clubhouse, 3070 Wise Creek Lane, with dinner to follow.

The event will feature two guest speakers: Aiken resident and Saratoga WarHorse board member Anne Campbell and Saratoga WarHorse Foundation CEO Bob Nevins.

They’ll present a short video narrative describing what the foundation does – provide a unique bonding experience for veterans who are faced with post-traumatic stress disorder and retired off-the-track Thoroughbred racehorses.

The veterans participating in the three-day, confidential program will learn about horse safety, horse psychology and build the round corral in which they and the horses will share and start a connection process that will help recondition the way they think, as the veteran begins to heal and bond with their equine counterpart.

Everything is included in the ticket price of $75.

Saratoga WarHorse Foundation is a nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Saratoga Warhorse can be mailed to Marianne Berry, 135 Cameron Alley, Aiken, S.C. 29803.

Tickets will also be available at the door or at

For more information, email or call 803-643-5631 or 803-295-8423.

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.