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RIDING FOR READING
EXPANDS TO INCLUDE SEVEN EVENTS IN 2007
Burbank, California. Riding For Reading, a non-profit organization
(501 (c)3) dedicated to
promoting reading, literacy, and education through equestrian sports
and activities, is expanding its
program in 2007. In addition to the Riding For Reading Benefit Show
at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, six other shows
throughout the country will host the
Riding For Reading Class.
Riders from first grade through twelfth grade compete
in the Riding For Reading
Class and based on how they place their schools receive
donations from Riding For Reading to purchase library
materials. Last year, 50 riders competed in the inaugural
class in Los Angeles.
“We received some excellent applications,”
said Marnye Langer, President
of Riding For Reading. “The board is pleased
to have some top A rated shows, two local shows, and a spectacular
youth dressage event.” The 2007 Riding For Reading Host Shows
Woodside Spring Classic (California) May 1-4
Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show (Connecticut) June 20-24
Country Classic (Oregon) July 11-15
Youth 4 Dressage Festival (New York) August 20-26
Riding For Reading Benefit Show (California) September
Stonewall Farms (New York) September 30
Ke’e Road Stables (Hawaii) October 13
Thanks to grants received from the Equus Foundation
and the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Riding For Reading
is providing grants to each of the Host shows. However, each show
is also providing funds for the Riding For Reading Class. All of
the funds will be donated to school libraries on behalf of the riders
competing in the Riding For Reading Classes.
D.A. Davidson, an investment firm, is sponsoring the
Riding For Reading Class at the Country Classic. “We are elated
to have the opportunity to provide this class,” said Show
Manager Shelley Campf. “Your efforts to teach the youth of
today about philanthropy in this small way are to be applauded.”
Other host shows were equally enthusiastic.
“The Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show has a long
tradition of giving back to the community. We are honored and grateful
to have been chosen as one of the disignated venues for the 2007
Riding for Reading class. The Ox Ridge Hunt Club cherishes its relationship
with the community and the Riding for Reading class is a perfect
opportunity for us continue this partnership.”
Riding For Reading’s programs reach across disciplines
and various breeds. In 2007 one of the host events will be the Youth
Dressage Festival. "I was very interested when I learned about
this class,” said Lendon Gray. “I felt it was a perfect
match for the Youth Dressage Festival because of its emphasis on
education. Part of the mission of our parent organization Dressage4Kids,
Inc. is to encourage youth riders to constantly expand their knowledge
of all aspects of riding and horse care, and to acquire that knowledge
through reading as much as through hands-on experience.”
“I also loved the idea that our riders would
have another opportunity to be successful with ponies and horses
that might not yet be stars in the Dressage arena. Shouldn't every
horse be able to work in a group on a long rein at walk, trot, and
canter demonstrating relaxation, basic obedience, and a soft acceptance
of the bit?"
At its inaugural event in Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 2006),
50 riders competed in the class and 46 unique schools received donations
to their libraries. Riding For Reading distributed over $5,000 to
schools throughout Los Angeles. Many riders were recognized by their
schools for their riding accomplishments. One school wrote:
It is rare and impressive that an organization such
as yours would decide to actively support the educational needs
of its participants, as well as their equestrian needs. We plan
to honor Chelsea James by purchasing equestrian related books with
this grant. Newbury Park High, California.
More than 20,000 students benefitted from improved
library materials because of the Los Angeles Riding For Reading
In addition to the grants and donations received,
Riding For Reading welcomes and thanks its four major national sponsors:
Hodges Badge Company, Primedia Publishing, LEG Up News, and Impression
LEG Up News provides media and publicity services
to Riding For Reading in order to help support and promote the non-profit
association’s valuable literacy programs.
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