Each year I go find prizes at Peavey Mart to use as incentive to get riders to raise more money than they are required to do. It’s been a wonderful motivator over the years … and this year’s riders didn’t disappoint.
I only intended to have gifts for the top five riders/teams this year, but then there were two who really needed honouring, and they came in at #6 and #10, so I am digging deep to find prizes worthy of the top ten.
Why did I want to include Roberta Dersche and Donna Buckland in the winners’ list? Because neither of them had to raise a cent. They both won their riding time on a free draw at The Mane Event … and yet they chose to help the cause anyway. Roberta did it because that’s the way Roberta rolls. Donna did it partly because that’s how she rolls, but also because she has a very close relationship with breast cancer. I love these two women’s passion and I appreciate their caring souls.
And speaking of passion and a caring soul, note who #4 is. Yep, our own Hughie. Ever since he saw our ad in the Edson newspaper in the spring of 2014, Hugh has had a passion for Wild Pink Yonder. In 2014 he was 76 years old. He was a Longrider in 2014 and 2015 and intended to longride in 2016 as well. He has always been in the top five for fundraising. This year he is #4 in fundraising and yet, due to poor health, he couldn’t ride with us for even a day. We did, however, enjoy having him in Big Valley when his wife and son brought him to visit. We rode around town in style in a gorgeous vis-a-vis pulled by his son’s big, beautiful Percherons. We salute you, Hughie.
On that note, this year’s top fundraisers are:
|Ranking including the 3 teams:||Total:||Rank|
|Barb and Mark Pennie||$5,240||2|
|Amanda and Julia McPhail||$2,385||3|
|Debra “Stewie” Stewart||$1,730||5|
|Roberta and Harvey Dersch||$1,500||6|
Now that we know who the winners are, we have to figure out how/where/when to give away the goodies.
I’m open to suggestion. Do we want another Wingding (when and where)? Or do we just give prizes away on-line and have folks pick them up in the Edmonton area?
Send me a message if you have an opinion. (Ha hahaha! Like horse people don’t always have an opinion! *grin*)