WALLINGFORD, Conn. — In support of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, horses will don orange floral neck garlands at the 2013 Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut Annual Horse Show, which will be held Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26.
For the past five years, the horse show has offered a “benefit class” which focuses on outreach to a local charity. The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has been chosen to be this year’s beneficiary. The benefit class, also known as the walk, trot, jog class, is open to all ages and level of riders. All riders who enter this class will be awarded orange sashes to place on their horses for a center ring photo after equestrians complete their ride.
“Every year, we strive to choose a local charitable organization that is representative of our exhibitors’ passions,” said Amy Zolnik, of Wallingford, who serves on the board of directors for the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut. “We have many exhibitors and members of our club who have personal connections to multiple sclerosis, and we knew that the Connecticut Chapter needed to this year’s beneficiary.”
The Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut will also design orange t-shirts promoting the National MS Society. Funds will be raised through the sale of the t-shirts, as well as class entry fees and sash sponsorships. The horse club hopes to raise $1,500 for the Connecticut Chapter.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. There currently is no cure.
The 2013 horse show will be held on Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26 at the “Big E” Eastern States Exhibition Center in Springfield, Mass.
For more information about the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut’s Annual Horse Show, please visit www.arabianhorseclubofconnecticut.org or like the Facebook page Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut- AHCC.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to become involved, please visit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s website at www.ctfightsMS.org.