By: Ginny Washbish

If you stopped by the Red Barn last Thursday, you may have picked up some extra luck. Selling horseshoes, the Riding and Racing Club hosted a fundraiser for the organization Horses and Hope.

Horses and Hope sets out to raise awareness of breast cancer in the equestrian industry. Traveling to racetracks, clinics and stables, the non-profit organization provides education and screening treatments to female employees.

Horseshoes were sold for five dollars to paint and decorate. Megan Devine, president of the Riding and Racing Club, explained that once buying and decorating a horseshoe, visitors had the option to either keep the token or donate it back to the club. “We will take these horseshoes and give them to breast cancer patients as a symbol of good luck,” stated Devine.

According to Bailey Bianco, first-year member of the Riding and Racing Club, “The club hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event by partnering up with a sorority who shares in the common philanthropy.” By doing so, the club will plan to host the event every October.

Bianco, along with Devine, were found earlier riding their horses on the university’s grounds. “Riding our horses on campus is an eye catcher. It is easy to get lost in your day, so seeing our horses on campus is a fun change. Everyone points and smiles,” said Devine.

The event had a good turnout, raising more than $400. The club presented a check to Horses and Hope at Churchill Downs Sunday evening.

The Riding and Racing Club offers Hunt Seat, Western and Saddle Seat, along with the opportunity of networking within the equine industry. For more information contact Devine at mhdevi0[email protected].

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