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Hats & Hoofs Were Blazing!
Inaugural "Derby Party" benefits Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship
May 4, 2015 — RICHMOND, TX … On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon the Derby raced its way through Fort Bend County on Saturday May 2nd with their inaugural Derby Party – a benefit for Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship at the Braman Winery in Richmond. About 70 fans were in attendance, and based on their unbridled enthusiasm, the inaugural Reining Strength Derby Party benefit could be the beginning of a tradition for the newly formed 50l©3. The event was held to help raise funds for the therapy horses and their riders. With a goal of $10,000 in mind, Derby guests were asked to make a donation of $75 per person and several dozen items were auctioned off during a silent auction. Nearly $20,000 was raised as a result of the generous efforts of the attendees.
From the traditional red roses to the outrageous hats, this was Richmond’s own little piece of the Derby. In keeping with the theme, a dress code was suggested and the attendees did not disappoint. Women’s artistically embellished and outlandish Derby hats and pretty spring dresses showed up en force, as did seersucker suits and saddle shoes on the guys, in addition to some more familiar dressy casual attire. Friendly competition for prizes included "best Derby hat" for the gals, and a "Boots Up" contest for the guys.
Guests noshed on delicious Cajun fare prepared by Floyds Cajun Seafood in Sugar Land. With a glass of the infamous mint julep in hand, the crowd gathered around a big screen to watch the running of the 139th Run for the Roses after singing the traditional “My Old Kentucky Home” which was led by a group of ehmm… shy volunteers. Partygoers also took the opportunity to bid on some special silent auction items to support the therapy horses and their riders, and went home with Astros tickets, golf outings, gourmet and wine baskets and more. Following the event, partygoers were invited to tour the Reining Strength facility, meet the equine staff (our horses!) and have their photos taken with these very special "employees."
Reining Strength Executive Director, Heather Hernandez, was pleased with the turnout. “May is a great time of year for a party, the theme is perfect for Reining Strength, and people are ready for something fun to do,” Hernandez said. “The Derby Benefit is one where everyone can relax and just enjoy themselves in our version of grand Southern style. We're already looking forward to next year's event, which will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016 at Safari Texas."