Henry County trail ride

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Horse riders and enthusiasts will saddle up on Saturday, May 4, to support patients at Children’s Hospital by participating in the annual Saddle up Trail Ride sponsored by Henry County Horse and Saddle Club, the Maddox Farms and the First South Farm Credit.

Cancer can affect anyone at any age. That’s why the Henry County Horse and Saddle Club, the Maddox Family, and First South Farm Credit will host its annual trail ride May 4 in support of Children’s of Alabama.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Children’s has provided care for children from every county in Alabama.

“We are excited about this year’s trail ride,” said Will Maddox, owner of Maddox Farms. “This event is special. It is an event that allows the community to come together to show their support for the children, and it allows the children a chance to ride or pet a horse. A lot of the children in attendance have never even seen a horse, much less ride one. This day allows them to do both, if they want to.”

The Henry County Saddle Club has hosted this event for since 2001, and has raised more than $75,000.

The May 4 trail ride will begin at Maddox Farm, located at 2651 County Road 53 in Abbeville, at 1 p.m. A cookout will follow the trail ride. The event is open to riders and non-riders. Horses are not provided.

“I encourage everyone to attend this event,” Maddox said. “Not only is this a great way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday, but this event is held each year for a great cause.”

Individuals can participate in the ride for $15 and non-riders can enjoy a good meal and fellowship time for $5.

The idea of hosting the trail ride was established because of a need in the Wiregrass community, Maddox said.

“Before this event started, my wife and I discussed hosting the trail ride with fellow members of the Henry County Horse and Saddle Club, and we all realized after talking we wanted to host this event to benefit Children’s and the children they serve.”

Maddox said with his career in law enforcement and his wife having a career in the medical field, over the years both had seen several children with special needs, and they both felt they needed to make a difference in the lives of those children.

“Hosting this event is something we hold very dear to our hearts,” Maddox said. “To help a child is priceless. That’s why I ask everyone to attend this year’s event.”

All funds raised will go directly to support the programs and services provided in the Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center at Children’s. The CHIPS Center promotes health and healing for Alabama children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

For more information regarding the trail ride, call 334-333-5876

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