2016 Benefit Ride

Our 2016 Annual Benefit Ride For Rescue was a huge success! The weather was perfect and we had a great turnout. There are so many people to thank for the success of this ride.

Thanks to all who participated in this event. In spite of the rainy forecast, 65 riders attended and rode a trail of eight challenging and fun obstacles.

We had over 40 volunteers that did a wonderful job. 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.

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 riders, Cheryl Melaven and Lori Toner did an awesome job stepping in just in case a rider encountered problems and also making sure everyone got in safely.

The judges did an awesome job playing the part of a cartoon or superhero character, in addition to decorating their obstacle!

The food was delicious! Thank you Matt Bell and Kelly Crabtree for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs. Additional thanks to Donna Thompson for providing the baked beans and Mimi McClelland and Mimi Debroux for baking the cookies. All of the food was provided by generous donors, allowing all proceeds to go to the horses.

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s raffle for the Yeti Cooler Package; Sonja Roberts of Cantonment, FL.

PER would like to thank the following for donating prizes, food, silent auction items and cash donations:

Pensacola Imports

Kingline Equipment; Cantonment

Karen Tucci

Linda Corwin

Texas Roadhouse; Pensacola

Texas Roadhouse; Milton

Parlor Room

Halls Hardware; Milton

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse

Ollies Neighborhood Grill

Pace Vet Clinic

Pat Lienhart

John Lyons

Tony Stepleton

Mannings Feed & Seed

Jim and Nancy Way

Grocery Advantage; Cantonment

Warren & Mimi Debroux

Cracker Barrel

Sackheim Dental

Tractor Supply; Milton

Ali Bell

Bill and Georgia Brazzell

Y Buy Nu; Cantonment

Carpenters Campers

Mitra Ardelan

Susan Brandenburg of Shears Unlimited

Cindae Booth of Camelot Junction

Smokey’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que

Montana Silversmiths

Fillys Produce; Cantonment

Coin and Bullion of Pensacola

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel

Cheryl Nelson

Terry Bryan

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Way Bail Bond, Inc.

Long Horn Steakhouse; Pensacola

Farm and Nursery Mart

Robert Kerrigan

Barry Beroset

Gulf Beach Nursery

Tractor Supply; Pensacola

HH Feed & Seed

Elaine Harris

Donna Thompson

Matt & Vickie Bell

Subway; Cantonment

Sharlene Kenney

Classy Cats Thrift Store

Sassy Seconds Consignment

Walter and Medora Mullins

Mimi McClelland

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.

To view photos of the event go to:

We hope to see you at the ride next year!

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