1st Annual VBC HERO Ride Earns Over $6,000 for American Cancer Society


1st Annual VBC HERO Ride Earns Over $6,000 for American Cancer Society
8/9/2013 3:20:13 PM

The 1st Annual VBC HERO Ride for Life was held Saturday, April 4th and raised $6,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. The event was hosted in cooperation with the Clinton High School EAST program.

The 1st Annual VBC HERO Ride for Life was held Saturday, April 4th. This American Cancer Society (ACS) benefit, designed by the Van Buren County Hometown Equestrian Relay Organization (VBC HERO), and hosted by Pine Grove Trails in cooperation with Clinton High School Environmental And Spatial Technology (EAST), was the first event of its kind in Arkansas, and only the second such benefit in the United States.

Ride for Life is patterned after the well-known ACS benefit, Relay for Life. However, participants were mounted on horses rather than partaking on foot. Seven teams, totaling over 50 riders, relayed around a track a quarter mile in length. For the more adventurous riders, the “Just Say Neigh” Obstacle Course provided a greater challenge. Team campsites were set up near the track to compete for prizes for the most creative team theme, as well as to conduct fundraising activities to raise money for the ACS. A silent auction that consisted of items of interest to the equestrian community was held throughout the day.

Games presented other opportunities to demonstrate horsemanship skills, have a good time and win additional prizes. Prizes donated by various sponsors were awarded for the team that raised the most money (the Van Buren County 4-H Saddle Club “Peace Riders”), the most creative team theme (The Spirit of the Old West: Outlaws Become Heroes of Center Ridge, AR), and to the winners of the “Bloomer Race” (Kaitlin Sullivan of Clinton, AR) and the “Ride A Buck” competition (Ashlin Hardin of Leslie, AR). Additional prizes were awarded to the winner of the Decorated Stick Horse Contest (Janet Weldy of Clarksville, AR) and of course to Rusty Flickinger of Center Ridge, AR, the man crowned “Ugliest Cowgirl” of 2009.

The Luminaria service was held at the end of the night, dedicated to the memory of cancer victims and the honor of cancer survivors. To conclude a day’s hard work, the Closing Ceremony awarded credit to where credit was due. The day was one to be enjoyed by all, but the reason we ride was not forgotten. Over $6,000 has been raised by for the American Cancer Society.

Mark April 10th on your calendar for the VBC HERO Ride for Life 2010. For more information, contact Event Director Abby Gates at VBCHERO@gmail.com or (501)-745-1708.

VBC HERO would like to thank numerous sponsors for their generous support. Pine Grove Trails, Watercreek Saddle Company of St. Joe, Bunkhouse Saddle & Tack, Vital Link Ambulance Service, First Service Bank, Terminix, Stampede Transportation, Strikin’ High Farms, S&S Tack, Regions Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, M&D Malone, Diamond W Farms, Bar of Ranch, Graham & Associates Real Estate, Butch Crain Construction, Cardin Construction, First Security Bank, Lana’s Flowers, Standridge Insurance, Wal-Mart, Western Sizzlin, Petit Jean Meats, Dr. Ben Mays, Arkansas Grand Showroom, Flash Market Citgo, Sonic, French Feed, OK Corral Western Store of Conway, and JR’s Hobby Horse of Conway.


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