LEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2004) It’s that time of year again, when horses are planning, designing or buying their Halloween costumes and arguing with owners over what to wear for the Halloween Trail Ride at the Kentucky Horse Park.
On Saturday, October 30th, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH – formerly Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped) will hold their annual Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon and Used Tack Sale. Included in the day’s events will be trail riding, costumed horses and riders, stick horse decorating and racing, and plenty of bargains on used tack, equipment and apparel, all to raise much-needed funds for CKRH.
CKRH is a non-profit organization which provides horseback riding for therapeutic purposes and social and recreational activities. Their program has been highly successful in helping people with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities to develop self-esteem, confidence, coordination and a sense of achievement while learning horsemanship, tack and riding principles.
Interaction with horses has proven very effective in changing the lives of even severely handicapped individuals. CKRH staff and volunteers have routinely observed an intuitive, extraordinary amount of care and gentleness displayed by their horses when working with the disabled.
CKRH is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Center and operated under the guidance of trained teachers, volunteers and medical people who challenge those with disabilities to create new abilities.
Registration fee for the Halloween Trail Ride, which begins at 9:00am and covers several miles of trails through the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park and neighboring Barton Brothers Farm, is $35. Participants must provide their own horses. The Ride-A-Thon also challenges participants to raise money for CKRH by acquiring sponsorship pledges. Prizes will be awarded in the costume class for horses who collaborate with their riders to don the best Halloween season couture (rumor has it that Spiderman and Cat Woman are the most popular choices among equines this year). The annual Used Tack and Equipment Sale, which was previously held at Midway College, will commence at 8:00am. All events will originate in the Steeplechase Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park.
For registration forms and more information on any of the fun and fanciful events, visit the CKRH website at www.ckrh.org or contact Pat Kline at 859-231-7066, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.