VBC HERO Ride for Life 2010


VBC HERO Ride for Life 2010
8/15/2013 5:02:14 PM

The VBC HERO Ride for Life brings a new cavalry to the battle against cancer.

By Abby Gates

The VBC HERO Ride for Life was once again made a huge success by its generous corporate sponsors and spirited participants. The 2nd annual event was held Saturday, April 10th, 2010 on the rural borders of Van Buren County and Searcy County. Pine Grove Trails graciously hosted this American Cancer Society (ACS) benefit, produced in cooperation with the Clinton High School Environmental And Spatial Technology (EAST) and the Van Buren County Hometown Equestrian Relay Organization (VBC HERO). By evening’s end, the VBC HERO Ride for Life 2010 raised over $13,800 for the ACS.

The VBC HERO Ride for Life brings a new cavalry to the battle against cancer. It is patterned after the successful ACS fundraiser, Relay for Life. However, participants are mounted on horses (or mules!) rather than walking. Eight Ride teams, as well as other riders and their mounts joined together to play games, enjoy good food and great music. Ride for Life teams set up campsites near the arena to conduct  undraising activities and showcase their creativity. A Silent Auction of items donated by local businesses and individuals spurred competition even among non-equestrians.

Mounted games provided hilarious entertainment as riders dashed to don giant bloomers, challenged each other in Hillbilly Polo, and raced to deliver the mail Pony Express style. Local sponsors provided prizes for the highest fundraising team (the “Old Timers A-Team”, contributing a donation of over $4,800), the most creative team campsite (“Huntin’ for a HERO”) and the winner of the Decorated Stick Horse Contest (Gracie Pepler). Winners of the various mounted games received beautiful buckles in recognition of their equestrian skills. An additional highlight of the evening was the crowning of “Pink Libby” as the Ugliest Cowgirl 2010.

The Ride closed with a Luminaria ceremony decided to the memory of cancer victims and in honor of cancer survivors. Riders dismounted from their horses to walk a lap of silence. Be on the lookout for information on the upcoming VBC HERO Ride for Life 2011. For more information contact the VBC HERO Committee Chair Abby Gates at VBCHERO@gmail.com or 501-745-1708.



Photos: Amanda Mitchell


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