Thanks to all who participated in this event. 132 riders rode a trail of obstacles that all had a different holiday theme. We managed to keep this a secret, so the riders could be surprised as they approached each obstacle. We had so many positive comments on how much they enjoyed this ride. Next year, will be another unexpected surprise, so be sure and watch for the 2016 ride date that will be announced the first of the year!
We had over 40 volunteers that did a wonderful job. PER is blessed to have this group of special people to help in many facets of the rescue and they certainly outdid themselves at this ride. The judges, kitchen helpers and pavilion team worked well together, were very professional and took extra steps to make everything perfect. We are also grateful to the volunteers who got out there and hustled for prize donations. We had many nice prizes for the riders to choose from.
Special thanks to ride coordinator, Vickie Bell and also Kim Gallagher, who partnered with her on handling the obstacles. A lot goes into marking the trail, finding the perfect spot for each obstacle and getting them set up. We also appreciate Nicole Eagle for driving from Niceville to be Vickie’s assistant. Safety rider, Cheryl Melaven did an awesome job stepping in when rider’s had problems and making sure everyone got in safely.
Kudos to the judges, who not only decorated their obstacle, but also dressed for the holiday they represented! They all had a blast being able to participate in a different way.
The food was delicious! Thank you Matt Bell and Kelly Crabtree for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs. All of the food was donated or bought with gift cards, so all proceeds from lunch are going to the horses.
Congratulations to the winner of this year’s raffle for the Samsung Tablet; Julie Austin of Saraland, AL.!
Thank you Pecos the clown for entertaining us with your rope tricks!
PER would like to thank the following for donating prizes, food, silent auction and bake sale items:
Jim and Nancy Way
Tractor Supply – Pensacola
Cracker Barrel – Pensacola
Reynolds Hardware – Pensacola
Grocery Advantage – Cantonment
Subway – Cantonment
Halls Hardware – Milton
10th Avenue Hair Designs – Pensacola; Julie Spurlock
Jewelers Trade Shop – Pensacola
Winn Dixie – Nine Mile Road; Pensacola
Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Que – Pensacola
The Parlor Room – Pensacola; Todd Morris
The Butcher Shoppe – Pensacola
Sara Clark, DVM
Mannings Feed & Seed – Pensacola
HH Feed & Seed – Molino
Carol Glasscock of Alyssa’s Antique Depot
Way Bail Bonds
Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Eric Kroll
Orkie’s Elegant Hair & Nails – Milton
Camelot Junction – Milton
Shears Unlimited – Pensacola; Susan Brandenburg
Ollie’s Neighborhood Grill – Pensacola
Sam’s Club – Pensacola
Walmart – Hwy. 29 – Pensacola
Jim and Joyce Gill
Farm and Nursery Mart – Pensacola
Winn Dixie – Hwy. 29 – Pensacola
We did our best to mention all donors, but if we have forgotten anyone, please let us know and we will add you to the list.
If you took photos at this event, please share them on Facebook and we will add them to our album. To view our album go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.920789727973988.1073741997.151094934943475&type=1
Hope to see you again next year!