The longest running, one day, Walking Horse Show in the universe is over, at least for most. The funds generated go 100% to our schools, and youth programs, but for the hard-core group of volunteers who work it throughout the year, it still has a little more to be done.
There are still supplies to organize, things to return, show grounds to clean, fences to take down and general maintenance that restore things to normal. Long before the show starts each year, this same dedicated group works hard to bring it all together again. Many have given 10-20 or even more years.
Then comes the long day that starts around 7:00 a.m. and could end anywhere from 10:00 p.m. to 2-3:00 a.m. the next morning. Some work it from beginning to end and it is truly a labor of love. Thank you all for playing your part.
Many come expecting to work their 2-3 hour shift and call it a night, only to find themselves caught up in the flurry and need. Before they know it they have put in twice that amount and are ready to do what is necessary to bring it to the finish line.
Others do their part behind the scene and never get credit except from those of us who know what they do, year after year. You will taste some of the best sandwiches and desserts, produced by some of the best cooks around.
The Walking Horse industry has been suffering a lot of negative publicity over the past few years and many charities, schools, clubs, youth groups and teams have been suffering right along with the industry. Events surrounding the Industry's shows are often their biggest fund-raising opportunity. This year's show in Wartrace was a better than last year, and we can only hope it is a sign of re-birth for all.
Thank you to all who attended, shared your time, friendship (and money) with us and thanks to all who pitched in. We hope to see you ALL next year.