Walk-On-A-Thon & Grand BBQ for InStride!

07/29/2010 - Staff

GIDDY UP & Grand Bar-B-Q Challenge for InStride!


On October 10th InStride hosted its largest celebration to date here at the new facilities. Donna and Mary looked for ways to bring riders and families together in support of InStride, connect with old friends and make new ones too.  Then, Donna challenged our farrier and vet to throw a Grand Bar-B-Q as a fundraiser for InStride.  GIDDY UP and Grand Bar-B-Q for InStride began to take shape.

A group took ownership and began planning. What evolved was more and bigger than anyone could have dreamed up!  What was hoped to be a “friend raiser”, quickly also turned into a “fund raiser”!  We attracted many sponsors and our riders were very successful in getting pledges to support their trip around the arena.

GIDDY UP attracted more than 450+ old and new friends, 32 riders, and at least 220 cars!

It was great to see our riders being cheered on by a large crowd as they were announced to ride in the arena for InStride scholarships! There were games for little and big kids alike; sumo costumes, a bounce house, corn toss, “minute to win it”, and more!  The DJ was terrific, keeping everyone excited!

Around 3:00 pm the Grand Bar-B-Q began. Most of the riders and their families stayed, which was terrific!  David Bowles (our farrier) and Dr. Bill McGinty (our vet) had been cooking for some time; first serving up hot dogs and then barbeque for lots of hungry folks.  Our volunteers and staff kept the entire event going in fine style!

The great news is that, after the dust settled, more than $25,000 net of expenses was raised in support of InStride scholarships!

Staff and volunteers are already planning for an even better event next year!  So, mark your calendars for October 9, 2011 when our riders saddle up again for the 2nd annual GIDDY UP and Grand Bar-B-Q for InStride!

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