Road to the Horse raises funds for CKRH military program
Lexington, KY – (March 21, 2013) – Road to the Horse, a unique equine competition on March 15-17 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, generated a $100,000 donation to support CKRH's program for military service members, veterans and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to past and present Road to the Horse competitors who donated exclusive memorabilia to a live and silent auction and to attendees of the event who purchased $5 wristbands Proceeds from the top-selling auction item, a two-day clinic for four people at Burlingame Ranch with competitor Obbie Scholm, will be given to the ALS Association.
Begun three years ago, CKRH's veterans program in 2012 served more than 50 men and women who are service members or veterans of the armed services. The association with Road to the Horse, held at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time, resulted from the event's interest in raising money for members of the military. That led to the connection with CKRH, which is located near the Alltech Arena and offers the military program among its equine-assisted therapies and activities for people of all ages.
“The funding from Road to the Horse will allow us to grow and expand our services,” said CKRH Program Director Denise Spittler, who oversees the military program. “We will be able to offer more services and activities during Military Appreciation Day at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 18. We also will be able to expand our riding program for military service members.”
Held for the 10th year, Road to the Horse (www.roadtothehorse.com) combined education and entertainment for an all-out horsemanship experience. In the competition, several internationally known, elite horse trainers and clinicians chose a horse from the remuda, a group of 10 horses, and began building a relationship with that horse, resulting in amazing displays of the horse-human bond. The event drew a capacity crowd, who saw Australian Guy McLean crowned Road to the Horse Champion for the second time.
Twenty auction donors helped raise money for CKRH by offering packages, which included lifetime tickets to Road to the Horse from event producer Tootie Bland and multiple clinics offered by many competitors, former competitors and international clinicians.
“The generosity of the donors as well as spectators bidding on the auction items and buying wristbands was simply incredible,” Spittler said. “Our goal was to raise $10,000, so we were amaze
About CKRH: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, founded in 1981, is dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of people of all ages with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. A PATH Int'l Premier Accredited Center, CKRH offers year-round activities, including Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, and a program for military veterans called Horses for Heroes. CKRH also hosts The STABLES, an innovative program for students in Fayette County Public Schools. To learn more, visit www.CKRH.org, find CKRH on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/CKyRH) and follow us on Twitter (@CKyRH).
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Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau News Release (pdf)
Pat Kline, Executive Director
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH)