Horse ride benefits Toys for Tots

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Staff Writer

If you like to ride horses, then you have the chance to saddle up and help provide needy children with Christmas gifts this year by participating in the Washington County 4-H Toys for Tots Trail Ride on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Camp Calvary in Mackville.

The cost for the three-hour ride is $5, plus a new, unwrapped toy, or $10 without a toy. All proceeds go directly to the Washington County Toys for Tots program and stays within the county. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with the ride beginning at approximately 11 a.m. The cost of the ride also includes a meal provided by the ladies auxiliary of the Rock Bridge Baptist Church.

Riders will take a ride along marked trails. Because some of the trails will be along rocky terrain, no wagons will be allowed to participate.

“When I took over as club president, I wanted to get the club involved in more community-based activities,” said 4-H club president Brittany Wells. “Being in a small county, we have good support from the community, especially for our fair and horse show. They've also helped us with the Emily Coulter scholarship program, plus supported our grooming and riding clinics. We specifically wanted to help the youth in our community; and what better way to do that than by having a trail ride to benefit children? It's a good, clean, fun family activity.”

This will be the second year for the ride, which raised more than $400 last year, along with 40 toys from 32 participants.

“We exceeded all of our goals for last year,” said Tish Kimes, the club's representative to the Toys for Tots program. “This will be our third year with Toys for Tots. We wanted to try something different last year, so we tried the trail ride. We're hoping to build on the success we had last year.”

The trail ride isn't the only way the 4-H chapter will be collecting for the Toys for Tots program. They also plan to have collection bins throughout the community, and will be taking donations at area festivals such as next week's Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival.

For more information about the trail ride, contact Tana Wells at (859) 481-4545.