Leg Up Picnic, Show Is Tomorrow
The Picnic on the Ground Horse Show at Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center will celebrate its 10th Anniversary Saturday, May 20.
The show has become a fixture in the community and is a way for the students to show off their hard work and equestrian skills as well as raise funds for the center.
“The show is a fund-raiser that the staff and the riders look forward to all year long — it’s a fun event for the whole family,” said Becky McManus, founder and director of Leg Up. “There will be our stickhorse derby again this year — it’s our version of the Kentucky Derby.”
There will be 25 student riders participating in the show, supported by the center’s team of volunteers, though some riders will be completely independent.
“Some of our students will only need a volunteer lead while others rely on both a lead and side walkers, depending on their skill level,” McManus explained.
Students of the center are presented in a display of their skills before an audience of their peers, family members, volunteers and supporters of the center.
The students, all with varying skill levels, will participate in four classes that feature both English and Western riding and a variety of obstacles. Riders are judged on communication with the horse, effectiveness in giving directions to the horse, performance of the class requirements, control of the horse, general presentation and horsemanship. Ribbons are presented to all riders.
Along with the show, guests are invited to tour the facility and grounds.
“As always we will have a full concession stand with drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Also back to help out for the second year in a row is the Pulaski Elk Club.”
The Picnic on the Ground Horse Show will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, with a rain date of May 21. The center is located at 31 Maxwell Hill Road.
For more information on Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center, to make a donation or to volunteer, call 931-292-6137 or 309-6137 or visit leguppulaski.org.
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