Ocean Riders of Marin’s annual Blues in the Barn – a benefit for to support the preservation of historic buildings, environmental stewardship and Equine Guided Learning for under resourced groups – is on October 5 in Muir Beach. Courtesy images.

A star-studded lineup strolling the red carpet, one of the best bands in Marin, delicious barbecue fare and plenty of eye candy? Sounds like the opening night gala for the upcoming 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, right?

What if we told you this describes the upcoming fundraiser for the nonprofit Ocean Riders of Marin, which has developed a vaunted reputation over 15-plus years on a pair of fronts: providing opportunities for under-served communities to connect with horses and nature, empowering them through their interactions with a 1,000-pound animal – and throwing one heck of an annual fundraiser to support those efforts?

The organization is back at it again on Saturday, Oct. 5, with “Blues in the Barn 3,” as Bruce Barlow leads a live performance from a band of all-star musicians that includes Steve Freund and Norm DiCarlo. There will also be barbecue from Maverick’s and a silent auction. The event is held at the organization’s home, the Golden Gate Dairy Stables within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in Muir Beach. 

Unsurprisingly, the stars of the evening are the horses themselves. The 15 privately owned horses living in the stable will be on the “runway” as the centerpiece of the event.

The 411: Ocean Riders of Marin hosts its “Blues in the Barn 3” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 5 (2-6pm) at its home, the Golden Gate Dairy Stables within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) at 1760 Shoreline Hwy. in Muir Beach. MORE INFO & BUY TIX. Can’t make it? DONATE HERE.

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