Money collected from trail ride to help disabled in Southern Missouri
THAYER -- The Ozarks Independent Living (OIL) fifth annual Riding for Ramps trail ride is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Billy Joe Madden farm near Thayer. Registration for the ride will start at 8 a.m.
The Pioneer Saddle Club is again sponsoring the ride to raise funds for OIL. The minimum cost to ride is $15 per person or $20 per family. All are welcome to participate.
OIL is a non-profit, community based agency located on Aid Avenue in West Plains. It will use the proceeds from the event to help the disabled in Oregon County as well as six other counties it serves in southern Missouri which meet eligibility requirements and need ramps or home modifications.
An OIL official said the fund-raiser helps them continue to live in their community in the most integrated setting while giving good access to and a safety exit from their home in case of an emergency.
The cost of a ramp is proportionate to its length, OIL officials said, approximately $1,600 to $2,000 to build in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act.The phrase "Riding for Ramps" was coined by Clifford Settlement, an OIL board member.
Several prizes have been donated, including a $200 savings bond as the prize for the most money raised through pledges.
Bank of America has donated a $100 savings bond, and Community First and Bank of Thayer have donated coin sets.
Many silent auction items have been donated by local businesses.
Riders will need to bring lunch/canteen for the noon break. Cold drinks will be available. Dinner catered by We B Smokin BarBQ of Thayer will be served following the ride. Donations for the meal will be accepted.
No stallions will be allowed, and kicking horses must be tagged with a red ribbon. Negative Coggins test papers will be required.Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
To reach the Madden farm from Thayer take Highway 142 east six miles to CR 249, go north 1 1/2 miles to CR 219, turn left and follow the signs.
For more information contact Anne Jackson at 417-256-8714 or toll free 888-440-7500 ext. 201.