CKRH Prepares for Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage Show
Sponsorships available for annual fundraising horse show
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is making plans for the 23rd annual Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage Show on Saturday, March 30, at the Kentucky Horse Park. All proceeds from the competition, which includes classes for off-the-track Thoroughbreds through The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), are donated to CKRH.
The Frazer Memorial is sanctioned by the Kentucky Dressage Association and the Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association and includes the participation of numerous well-known members of the sport. Last year, the event drew several hundred competitors from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. They included riders from CKRH.
Information, including the show bill, is available at www.ckrh.org/pfmcompetition.html. A variety of sponsorships are offered and begin at $40 to sponsor a dressage class.
“Sponsorships at the Paul Frazer Memorial help to make CKRH a reality,” said Carmen-Rader Bowles, the event's co-organizer and secretary. “Sponsors will receive the benefits associated with their chosen sponsorship level, but most importantly, they will have the gratitude of CKRH students and their families who are benefiting from the healing power of horses.”
The Paul Frazer Memorial is named for the late CKRH Board Member who for years worked to remove physical barriers to handicapped young people in schools. He designed the first handicapped bus in use by the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), and his design later served as a model for all handicapped buses in Kentucky. As Director of Maintenance for FCPS, Frazer oversaw the construction of handicapped rams, installation of elevators and other structural remodeling to ensure access for every student.
Frazer's work with the handicapped and his interest in horses came together in the 1980s when he and his wife, Betty, accompanied a friend to her riding lesson at CKRH. He was so impressed with CKRH that he volunteered to help do whatever was needed for the program, which then was based in a converted tobacco barn at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization located at the Kentucky Horse Park that is dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of people of all ages with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. A PATH Int'l Premier Accredited Center, CKRH offers year-round activities, including Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, and a program for military veterans called Horses for Heroes. CKRH also hosts The STABLES, an innovative program for students in Fayette County Public Schools, and a variety of creative equine-assisted activities and therapies for children and adults. To learn more, visit www.CKRH.org and find CKRH on Facebook. CKRH is on Twitter @CkyRH.