Back to School Blast Horse Show Taking “Ice Bucket Challenge” to a Whole New Level Aug. 23
The challenge was issued by Julie Williams, Battalion Chief of the Springfield Fire Department.
All exhibitors and sponsors of the horse show are being asked to participate in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and then to donate funds to the ALS Association. Organizers of the “Back to School Blast Horse Show” say all exhibitor donations will be matched up to $500.
In addition, over 100 children who are participating in the horse show are going to pour cold water on their heads too as a thank you to the co-founder of the show.
“Debi Woodward, co-founder of this horse show, is currently living with ALS. The other co-founder of the show, Julie Williams, issued the challenge. Our committee members wanted to do something to show our support of Debi,” said Lynn Neidigh, coordinator of the horse show committee. “Ozark MFA was nice enough to donate a 20 gallon water bucket commemorating the 100th anniversary of MFA for every exhibitor to use in this challenge.”
Beverly, Mass., resident Pete Frates, along with his family, helped to make the “Ice Bucket Challenge” go viral this year on the social sites Facebook and Twitter. Frates, 29, has lived with ALS since 2012, and he has worked with The ALS Association’s Massachusetts Chapter. A former Division 1 college athlete with Boston College Baseball, Frates tirelessly spreads awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
This viral sensation, which has used the hash tag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of followers nationwide.
“This is a creative way to spread ALS awareness via social media and in communities nationwide,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We appreciate all of the individuals and groups that working to spread the word about ALS.”
This horse show is open to any youth nationwide and is a major fundraiser for Greene County 4-H. Proceeds from the show will help fund the Greene County 4-H fair, Greene County 4-H scholarships, contest fees, trips and many other 4-H activities in the community.
The “Back to School Blast” has grown to be the largest open all youth horse show in Southwest Missouri.
This year’s horse show sponsors are: Go Classic Trailer, The Equine Clinic, Signs Now, Ozark MFA, Ozark Empire Fair, SOMO Farm and Ranch Supply, PFI Western Stores Inc. and Race Brothers.
For more information visit www.backtoschoolblastallyouthhorseshow.com online or email the organizers at email@example.com. Lynn Neidigh and Gail Driskell are the volunteer organizers of this year’s horse show.