Children’s benefit at Gloucester County’s Dream Park

The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 15 will hold their 22nd Annual Children’s Benefit Show at Gloucester County’s Dream Park from July 21 through July 23 with over 120 horses being shown.  This family oriented event is free and open to the public to watch.

Of the 162 classes at this year’s show be held over 3 days almost half of the classes are geared towards kids and their horses. The show offers new beginners to see and learn what it’s like to show at a large event like Children’s Benefit in the Academy Division. It is an entry level division that also includes new adult riders.

“When the United Professional Horsemen’s Association was planning their 20th Annual Children’s Benefit Horse Show three years ago we chose Gloucester County’s DREAM Park because we were so impressed with the facility.  It is like a smaller version of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington which is one of the most famous horse parks in the country,” said Mark McCracken, one of the show’s organizers.  “We are excited to come back again for our third year in a row,” he said.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “People will be bringing their horses from all over the mid-Atlantic region and New England to participate in this show.”

“Bringing over 150 visitors to Gloucester County for a long weekend is great for our local economy.   Visitors spent $511 million on recreation here in 2010, and we continue to see the strong caliber of recreational draws here this summer.” Director Damminger said.  Damminger said that according to the NJ Department of Tourism Gloucester County had the largest tourism growth in the state in 2010.

Times for the 22nd Annual Children’s Benefit Show are as follows:

Thursday, July 21 – 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22 – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23 – 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

The Gloucester County Dream Park is located at 400 US Route 130 South, Logan Township, NJ 08085.  Information can be found atdreamparknj.com.

Information about the show

At a national level UPHA’s main charity is raising money for breast cancer groups. Our youth across the country are invited to join the Ribbons of Service where a junior exhibitor rider can seek sponsors and get pledges for their participation in the show ring. It works much like walk-a- thons. Also the UPHA asks its chapter shows to hold a Pink Ribbon night at their horse shows.

The Children’s Benefit Horse Show will have its Pink Ribbon night on Saturday evening July 23 beginning at 7 p.m. Riders are encouraged to wear pink for their competition, balloons and other promotional items are sold for a fundraiser and sponsors have contributed to support the evening.

Also a portion of the entry fees that evening are donated. This year the national organization is rewarding our show for its hard work in recent years towards breast cancer by presenting a check for $10,000.00 to the shows selected benefit the Get in Touch Foundation. A special presentation will be made Saturday evening to local representatives of Get In Touch.

At the chapter level, the Children’s Benefit Horse Show has two charities for 2011. A portion of the net proceeds from this event will be donated to these groups after the show. The first charity is the Get in Touch Foundation which is a ground roots group that educates young women from grades 5-12 about breast cancer prevention.

The second charity this year is Equi-librium Inc. an equine assisted therapy program for children and adults with a broad spectrum of special needs. This group serves the greater Lehigh Valley, western New Jersey and the Pocono area.

Equi-librium provides the opportunity for people to achieve balance in body, mind and spirit. Representatives from the group will be available on Saturday July 23 at the Dream Park.

About Ryan Venezia

I studied communications at Rider University, which left me with the decision to travel the country as part of an exotic bird and reptile show or work at Elauwit. It was a tough one, but I glad I’m here.View all posts by Ryan Venezia

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