Brand-new in 2016, Blenheim EquiSports is pleased to present our Chip In For Charity program. Kicking off during the Blenheim Spring Series, every blue ribbon class winner will receive a "chip" that can be used to redeem a first place prize, or to donate the chip's value to one of the four charities in the program:
Each of these charities has strong ties to the equestrian community, and we are thankful for the services they provide and for the opportunity to help support their causes.
"We are constantly inspired by those that work tirelessly for charity," said Melissa Brandes, Blenheim EquiSports VP of Marketing. "We're excited to join with our extended horse show family to help support these great causes."
Thrive Animal Rescue
: An adoption organization founded by Cece Bloum, Thrive's mission is to save abandoned dogs from the loneliness of shelter life and place them into loving families and forever homes. As an entirely donation-based, non-profit with 501c3 status, Thrive relies on the generosity of the dog-loving community of Southern California for their continued success and ability to make a difference for animals in need.
: Founded by Jennifer Crooks, Uryadi's Village is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support vulnerable children and their extended families around the globe by developing social, economic and environmentally renewable systems with orphans, vulnerable women and children where the need is greatest. Their current focus is in Ethiopia, Africa which has five million orphans, more than any other country in the world.
Park Place Foundation
: Park Place Foundation, based in Southern California, was formed to promote and embrace a healthy lifestyle for children and teens as they embark into their journey toward adulthood. The Foundation strives to make changes in how society perceives and treats addiction and mental illness through education, increased awareness and sharing the personal stories of peers. The Scarlett's Jumper Derby, held in San Juan Capistrano by Blenheim EquiSports, is one of the area events that benefits the Park Place Foundation. Now in its third year, Scarlett's Derby brings attention to some of the stories behind the Foundation's mission.
The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding
: Established in 1978 and located in San Juan Capistrano, the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. It was founded by Nancy and Derek Lewis for their son Michael, who was born with cerebral palsy. The Shea Center now serves over 860 riders each year, utilizing 20 horses and the assistance of more than 750 community volunteers.
Additional details on the Chip In For Charity program will be available at showpark.com and at the Horse Show Office.