Today my friend Donna who is one of our loyal volunteers and huge supporter of Mom and Dad’s efforts here at my barn sat down with me at my stall and we shared a few moments to discuss the 2nd Annual Campout fundraiser held this weeeknd. It was alot of work to prepare for the grand event but it was well work the time spent. We had an absolute blast! I was pretty tired by Sunday but it was just so much fun.
Perhaps our turnout was a bit lighter than what we had hoped for but those wonderful humans who did come to spend their time with us brought with their big hearts of luv. I was so happy to see one and all and I also spent time with my equine friends that trailered in for the event from other barns. It was just a swell day.
Donna is always one I enjoy talking with. She speaks from her heart and I so much treasure that. In fact I hang on her every word. She also has a carrot or two stashed in her pocket and if I am on my best behavior she’ll give me one or two or three…
So here we go and I hope you enjoy and learn from what she shares!
Well here it is another Benefit down and the summer coming to a close already where the heck did it go? Pudge, know you will put these thoughts in perspective and please remember I speak only for myself and Finale. The campout was really nice and the evening was just perfect for being outdoors enjoying the night air, hearing the sounds of evening and smelling the camp fire burning. The kids had a wonderful time running around with each other, spooking the adults much to their delight! Marshmallows, s’mores and hot dogs cooking over the fires being enjoyed by all! The best part however was sharing company with family and friends both new and old. Both adults and kids catching up on old times and making new friends, was wonderful to experience all the camaraderie and hearing lots of laughter from all!
Morning came very quickly and it was time to get up and feed the horses, wash our dirty hair and try to get cleaned up as best we could. Angela has come up with a new perfume fragrance called “Summer Horseshow”..lol..I love it..smell of horses and fly spray and VETROLINE..does not get any better than that…lol…!!! Cook Stephanie was in charge of the grill for breakfast and she did a wonderful job everything was yummy! After breakfast it was time to get ready for the afternoon’s activities, getting horses ready, Pat cooking away in the kitchen and getting everything set up for our guests.
All the horses that gave pony rides were on their very best behavior and the MHHR horses made Finale, Cheyenne and Chazzy all feel welcome as did everyone else @ MHHR!! I have to say I was sad at the actual public turnout since everyone put in such hard work to get the event in place, BUT, the folks that did show up had a great time, both adults and children alike. My biggest disappointment was having my boyfriend’s band come, set up, get ready to play then came the showers. We had to make a decision as to whether to move them indoors or just pack it in for the day and since the crowd was so thin I just told them to they might as well call it a day. It just was not worth the risk of ruining any expensive equipment under the circumstances. Kudos to the guys that drove a long way to help us with the benefit!
I hope I can make it up to them in the near future and special thanks to Jeff (Bo) for all the hard work he put into bringing the band together as a favor to me and MHHR! My heartfelt thanks to all the guys in the band for trying!!!
And speaking of special heartfelt thanks, thank you to all the volunteers for the hard work you did to help put this benefit together and also to all those that donated for the event. Honestly I do not know what more we could have done to have attracted more public attention and I am a bit frustrated regarding the turn out. I don’t know if it’s because people just don’t have the money to donate any more or if there is something more we should be doing?? I just don’t know at this point, I guess we just have to keep plugging along and hoping and praying our next event will be more successful as far as actual attendance goes. And most important is thank you to the guests that did come to support MHHR, without your support we could not continue with our efforts of “SAVING ONE HORSE AT A TIME”.
One other thing I would like to add Pudge is this: Above all else what really made this event special is the sheer joy on the faces of Pat, Stephanie and Chris on the pictures of their riding experience!!! A special Neigh Neigh to Finale’s newly found “Aunt Chris”!!! What a beautiful thing to be able to share such a new and special bond that Chris and Finale formed in just short period of time, speaks volumes of Chris and my beloved horse and both their characters!!
God Bless and love to all at MHHR, both two and four legged!!!
In this moment I would like to add that the support and generosity of all our friends who helped, donated and shared their time prior and during the event meant a lot to me, Mom, Dad and all the volunteers who work so hard to keep us healthy and happy. We simply could not do it without you and it is with our deepest gratitude that we say thank you!
All for now. Luv Pudge ♥