Horse owners 'Saddle Up' for Olympic Theatre March 16

ARLINGTON — The Olympic Theatre's ongoing fundraising efforts to convert to a digital projector will receive some helping hands and hooves on Saturday, March 16, from the Sno-King Saddle Up group of adult horse-owning enthusiasts in Snohomish, King, Skagit and Island counties.

Saddle Up will stage a benefit showing at 8 p.m. of "Wild Horse, Wild Ride," a documentary about the 100-day mustang challenge, which follows those who take a horse from wild to competition-ready in 100 days.

"This well-crafted documentary teaches about the process, the horses and some of the big-hearted people who work diligently at bringing public attention to our nation's wild horse crisis," said Laura Clarke, Sno-King Saddle Up assistant organizer. "Many of these horses are not adopted and are sent to slaughter each year. Out of the desire to peak awareness, and the hope of changing the odds in the horses' favor, was born the 100-day mustang challenge."

The trailer for the film may be viewed online at

Clarke noted the crisis facing the Olympic Theatre as well, which needs to raise a minimum of $30,000 to covert to digital, instead of running film reels as it does now, since all film media will be converting to digital by the end of 2013.

"If Norma [Pappas, owner and operator of the Olympic Theatre,] can't raise the funds for that digital equipment, the theater won't be able to bring in feature films and make enough money to keep the doors open, and we'll all lose our fun, hometown theater," Clarke said. "So come out to support a great cause and help this historical Arlington icon. Bring everyone you know and call everyone you know. There are about 250 seats, and we need to see the theater full for our benefit showing."

Saddle Up's goal is to raise $5,000 through this benefit showing, with tickets running $10 at the door and an open donation jar inside. For more information, log onto the event's Facebook page at

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