When the Tellico Plains Lions Club
brainstormed ideas for their next fundraising event, the answer was
simple: A horse, of course!
On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m.,
the Tellico Plains Lions Club will hold a fundraising Gymkhana Fun
Horse Show at the Englewood Lions Club Arena.
"The Lions Club helps find funding
for projects that better the community and the welfare of children,"
said Member Carrie Wakefield. "Currently, we go to the elementary
schools and offer screenings for ages 2-6, provide eye exams for
those who cannot afford it and provide glasses for them, as well."
The Gymkhana Fun Horse Show is one of
many events the Tellico Plains Lions Club has held throughout the
year to fundraise for their projects and provide structured fun for
people of all ages. Proceeds from the horse show will help fund eye
exams and eyeglasses for children and will go toward a donation to
the Tellico Plains Recreation Fund to help build a splash pad at the
"This is our first horse show,"
said Wakefield. "We hope to make a really good impression. There
are so many things the Tellico Plains Lions Club can do to help
children and the local community. If the show goes well enough, we
will hold monthly horse shows next year with the hope to eventually
build an arena in Tellico Plains."
Registration for the show will be done
on site the day of the event and there will be a $5 charge per class.
There will be first, second and third place awards for the
categories. Each rider is responsible for bringing their own horse.
"We carefully chose classes that
would be fun for any age rider," said Wakefield. "They are more
like games than actual classes. We even have three classes for people
Classes/events will include:
Each rider must enter arena bareback
and have a dollar bill placed under their knee. The last one
remaining with the dollar bill still in place wins.
Egg and Spoon Game
Each rider will be given a hard-boiled
egg on a spoon. The last one remaining with an egg wins.
Riders race to the end of the arena and
eat a marshmallow off a pole and line while remaining on their horse,
then must race back to the starting line.
Apple Dunking for Horses
In this game, contestants will race to
the other end of the arena, where they will let their horse bob for
an apple. After the horse gets the apple, contestants must race back
to the starting line.
This is a team race, where each team is
given a length of crepe paper and must run a simple pattern without
dropping or tearing the paper.
Carrots and Crackers
Each rider races to the end of the
arena, where there will be a person to hand them a number of crackers
that they must put in their mouth all at once and then whistle "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while their horse is given the
carrot. Racers must return to the starting line after.
This will be done traditionally, except
Each rider will race to the end of the
arena, where a potato will be on a barrel. Contestants must pick up
the potato, race back toward the starting line and throw the potato
into an empty barrel. Potato must make it into the barrel to count.
This traditional game of Simon Says
will be on horseback. If you do not follow Simon's directions, you
will go stand in the middle of the arena. Last one following
One boot from each participant will be
placed at the end of the arena in a pile. Each rider must race to the
pile, find their boot, put it on and race back to the starting line.
Wash Day Race
Each rider must race to the end of the
arena, where there will be a bag of oversized clothes. Contestants
must put on a set of clothes and race back to the starting line.
Red Light, Green Light
This is a traditional game, except on
horseback. As each participant is eliminated, they will stand on the
This is to be played as the traditional
game, except on horseback. The markers for "chairs" will be paper
Each participant will have an apple
placed under their chin. The last one with the apple wins.
All the Way Back
All participants start at one end of
the arena and must back their horses to the other end. First one
Participants are encouraged to be
creative and dress up their horse in any Halloween-themed costume.
Best costume wins.
Paint Your Horse
All participants enter the arena with
their horse and can then "paint" them with washable non-toxic
markers that will be provided. This class will receive participation
ribbons and will keep their markers.
Games involving no horses:
This is an on-foot game and will be
played using empty feed sacks.
This is a traditional on-foot sack race
using empty feed sacks.
This is a traditional three-legged race
using empty feed sacks.
Riders under the age of 18 must wear a
protective helmet to enter the classes, said Wakefield. In addition,
riders will need proof of negative coggins before offloading their
If you can't ride a horse, however, you
should not be discouraged from attending the event, said Wakefield.
"There is no cost to attend and
watch," she said. "It's just good family fun."
There will also be a raffle at the
horse show and tickets are $3 each. Raffle prizes will include cash,
gift cards and items from local businesses. A face painting booth
will also be hosted by First Baptist Church of Tellico Plains.
The Tellico Plains Volunteer Fire
Department will set up concessions at the event, as well.
"We encourage people to come hungry,
as every penny they spend at our event will be for a good cause,"
The Tellico Plains Lions Club meets on
the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Tellico Plains
Community Center. Anyone interested in joining the club should call
Wakefield at 423-442-6368 to fill out a membership application.
"Lions Club members volunteer their
time to help our children and community because every person brings a
different strength and we all make a difference," said Wakefield.