Helping Horses Charity Fun Show
The Helping Horses Charity Fun Show will be held Sunday, July 1st at the Harry Hughes Youth Equestrian Center in Swanton, Ohio beginning at 8 a.m.
This show, which is open to any horse and rider, will raise money for a variety of charities, including the American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots and Heroes in Action. In fact, all of the money raised that day is donated to the group’s selected charities.
“We are fortunate to have all of our classes sponsored, as well as the support of our presenting sponsor, Dr. Mickey Frame of Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture, so that we can donate all of the money we raise,” said Myndi Milliken, show organizer.
The sponsorships provide the prizes, which include brightly colored ribbons to fifth place, gift certificates and cash. One class even provides horse hair extensions as its prize.
“The classes are geared for having fun, which is great for people who just want to pull their horses out the pasture or for those who are showing pretty hard and want to be less serious for a while,” said Megan Gorney, show judge. “The best part is all of their class fees go to help deserving organizations.”
Last year, Helping Horses held their first show and raised nearly $800 for the American Cancer Society despite the 90+ degree heat.
“We were fortunate that so many people still came and helped us raise a sizeable donation,” said Robert Goewey, open barrels sponsor. “We’d really like to double that amount this year.”
Classes of note include: the Toys for Tots Fun Jump, where the winner will receive a $100 The Custom Fox Tack Store gift certificate; the Branden Breakfield Costume Class (in honor of a boy who lost his battle with cancer at age nine), where the winner will receive a $100 Uckele Health & Nutrition gift certificate and $40 cash; and the Kettlebell-Bob Open Barrels, where the winner will receive $200 cash and cash payouts are provided through 10th place.
“This show has something for every rider,” said Dr. Mickey Frame, presenting sponsor. “There is a slowest horse class, speed classes, English, western, trail and games. Each year, the plan is for it to get bigger and better so more money can be raised for charity.”
The show kicks off with a ceremony honoring veterans, and local horse adoption agencies are invited to show their horses fee-free. There will be a raffle supporting 4-H and area humane societies are invited to provide horse-friendly dog and barn cat adoptions.
For a complete class list, rules and directions, visit www.helping-horses.com or call Myndi at 419-346-7195.