Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), which has provided a veterans program since 2009, has partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Horse Park to present Military Appreciation Day on May 18 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“This event enables us to honor our service members with a fun-filled day of equine educational sessions and social recreation,” said CKRH Program Director Denise Spittler, who oversees CKRH's veterans program. In 2012, the program served more than 50 men and women who are service members or veterans of the armed services.
On Military Appreciation Day, all general admission shows, museums and activities at the Horse Park will be available free of charge. Other events include a guided 35-minute trail ride, suitable for first-time riders, with start times throughout the day, and pony rides.
CKRH, which is located near the Alltech Arena at the Horse Park, is providing lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Up In Smoke BBQ of Lexington will serve barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. Lunch is provided free of charge for those with a meal ticket.
For more information, visit www.ckrh.org/ResilientWarriorHorsemanshipEvent/MilitaryDay.pdf
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization 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 service members, veterans and their families. CKRH also hosts The STABLES, an innovative program for students in Fayette County Public Schools.
On June 15 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center, CKRH will present the 10th NIGHT OF THE STARS, its annual fundraiser with cocktails, dinner and live and silent auctions. The highlight of the evening is the live auction, which gives attendees a glimpse into the hearts of CKRH students and their horses. Wearing elaborate costumes created by Shirley Gentry to celebrate the event's theme, “Black & White Ball,” students and horses will be auctioned in the style of a prestigious Thoroughbred sale. The highest bidder for each horse will gain a year’s sponsorship of that horse, along with a commemorative photo and plaque.
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