The Katie-K team will be sporting Derby hats and horsing around to help out the local Equest Center’s Derby Day. In addition, if you’d like tickets to the REAL Kentucky Derby for $5,000, Cathy Ryan (616.262.4994) will DONATE THE PROCEEDS to the Equest Center. Read on for more details!
Join our friends at Equest Center for an afternoon and evening of celebrating the Kentucky Derby and the center’s own horses and riders MAY 3rd.
As the largest fundraiser for Equest Center, the Horsin’ Around at the Derby for Equest’s kids is the premier event for horse lovers and riders. The event will be filled with all the traditions of the Kentucky Derby – Derby hats, Mint Juleps and delicious derby cuisine. The event will also have a Twist auction while guests are enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a live simulcast viewing of the big race.
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a non-profit establishment based out of Rockford, Mich. It’s first therapy class was held in 1991, and since, the company has expanded to having 125-160 riders per week and over 30 acres of land with trails, facilities, barns and paddocks. Equest Center offers equine-based therapy to physically, mentally and socially/emotionally challenged individuals in order to improve their quality of life. By integrating academic, social and physical skills with the aid of a horse, this unique program reaches a variety of people and provides a rich, healthy and distinct alternative to other therapeutic options.
In addition to being a Race for the Roses event replica, the Horsin’ Around at the Derby will offer the opportunity for it’s attendees to bid on the sponsorship of an Equest therapy horse for a year. By sponsoring a therapy horse, you are providing a caregiver, friend, confidant and a provider for an individual in need. Horses available for sponsorship are listed here. Space is limited! Tickets cost $100 per person or $775 for a table for 8. Click here for more information about the Equest Derby.
Photos by Joe Mercier of Mercier Graphics