SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

Fred Rathbun Memorial

In 1980, Fred and Julie Rathbun began working with the Equestrian Special Olympics.  At that time, there were only 25 Olympic Participants.  Fred led the horses while Julie rode behind each participant to be sure they stayed safe and didn't fall off the horse.  Fred and Julie worked with the group each year until 2006 when Fred passed away.  Julie has continued her work with the Special Olympics since that time and the Equestrian Special Olympics was renamed The Fred Rathbun Memorial Horse Show.

For a number of years The Western Saddle Club of Phoenix and the City of Phoenix co-sponsored the event.  Two years ago, due to budget constraints, the City of Phoenix decided that they could no longer participate as a co-sponsor of the event.  At that time, The Western Saddle Club made the decision to continue sponsoring the event. 


 
In 2012, the Annual event had approximately 90 participants and over 100 volunteers.

EVERYONE!

PLEASE CLEAR YOUR CALENDARS ON

SATURDAY, November 7, 2015

WE NEED WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS AND

VERY CALM HORSES

DUE TO THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAVING MADE CUTBACKS SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THEY NEARLY CANCELLED THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS PROGRAM. BEING A SPECIAL EVENT, THE HORSE SHOW NO LONGER FELL UNDER THEIR REQUIRED FORMAT. WE ARE NOW FINANCIALLY CHALLENGED FOR THE EVENT. THEY HAVE CONTINUED TO HELP US WITH PROGRAM ADVICE, HISTORIC DATA AND WILL BE THERE THE DAY OF THE EVENT ON THEIR OWN PERSONAL TIME. 

PLEASE HELP US FIND SPONSORS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS OR THE DIFFERENT PORTIONS THAT MAKE UP THE EVENT. WE ARE WORKING TO FIND COMPANIES, INDIVIDUALS AND/OR FAMILIES WHO WOULD HELP WITH DONATIONS. WE HAVE AN ESTIMATED BUDGET OF $3,000.

IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE, OR IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING FINANCIALLY, PLEASE CONTACT JOEL AT 602-499-2541 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. GIVING FINANCIAL DONATATIONS WILL GET YOU OR THE COMPANY RECOGNIZED DURING THE PROGRAM.

REMEMBER, WE NEED HELPERS ON THE FOOD LINE.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET:

WE NEED HORSES TOO!

CALL RUTHIE FOR THE WORKERS LIST

602-943-1322

CALL JULIE IF YOU HAVE A HORSE AVAILABLE

602-843-0223

CALL JOEL IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS

602-499-2541

THANKS………JOEL

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