Area riding club to hold Ride for Kids Fun Show

July 18, 2005|by TONY BUDNY

BOONSBORO - Norm Madison, vice president of Blue Ridge Riding Club, has wanted to raise money for a good cause for some time.

He has seen other organizations succeed in their attempts, and on July 24, he will have his opportunity. Madison will hold the Ride for Kids Fun Show to raise money for Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Madison said it made more sense to donate to Children's than, for example, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, because of its location.


"The kids who come down with a bad illness around here would go there over St. Jude's because its closer. I feel like I'd give more back to the community this way. Plus, every cent donated to (Children's) is guaranteed to go to treatment of patients," he said.

Madison said Children's has never had a fundraiser affiliated with a horse organization, a fact he was surprised to hear.

"That makes this opportunity more special," he said.

Fifty percent of all proceeds will benefit Children's, he said. Lisa Canta, a representative from Children's, will be there to accept donations and answer questions about the hospital, he said. Madison hopes to raise $2,000 and expand on that success for next year.

Madison began holding Fun Shows last year in an effort to involve all horse enthusiasts, from professionals to amateurs, and families who just want to have a good time. He describes the atmosphere as laid back and family-oriented. This is his first fun show to raise money for any charity, he said.

Madison said the Fun Shows have games for all ages and ability levels. He said the range of games includes all classes of horses and even some he created, such as a hobby horse show with horses made out of broom sticks for toddlers.

Food and drinks will be sold. Local businesses have donated door prizes for the event, he said.

The show starts at 10 a.m. Members of the club may play for $4 a game or $25 for an all-day, unlimited pass. Nonmembers may play for $5 a game or $30 for an unlimited pass.

Blue Ridge Riding Club is on Mapleville Road (Md. 66). Madison asks all youths 16 and younger who will ride horses during the show to wear a helmet and shoes with heels. No professional attire is required, but safety is a must, he said.

For more information, contact Madison at 304-274-5732.

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