Lucy Hale Celebrates Her 26th Birthday With a Horseback Riding Party

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Lucy Hale keeps proving she's a country girl at heart.

Rather than celebrating her birthday in a tropical destination or at a Hollywood hot spot, the Pretty Little Liars star kicked off her 26th birthday with horseback riding in Malibu (still a fab option).

"I went horseback riding for the first time since I was 4" she told Us Weekly Sunday (her actual birthday) at the 7th Annual Children Mending Hearts Empathy Rocks Fundraiser. "Yesterday was my celebration day." Lucy posted several pics of herself having a blast with a big group of friends who joined her, and the "birthday mess" a few of them made to honor her too.

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"Thanks to my sneaky little devils @notoriousnev and @internadam for my beautiful birthday mess !!," Lucy captioned the shot, which showed a ton of balloons, streamers and a 'Happy Birthday' sign covering a room.

And just like she did last year, she posted a shot with her rumored ex-beau Joel Crouse, who shares the same birthday. "So happy to be birthday twins with this one! Joel, you've become like family and I'm so excited to watch you evolve as a person and in your career. Love you J @joelcrouse," she wrote. Interesting...

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But, Lucy wasn't all about horseback riding and Joel on her big day. She also had a special, charitable wish for her fans and dedicated her birthday to the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She asked fans not to buy her a gift, but to buy the patients at the hospital the "gift of another birthday," by donating there instead.

"Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes already and the ones that have donated already. St Jude has such a special place in my heart and I'm thrilled to celebrate by joining them to fight childhood cancer!! Please please join me. I love Yall!," she wrote on Instagram. By Tuesday, Lucy had raised over $3,000 for the cause.

Happy belated birthday Lucy!

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