Open horse show benefits sheriff’s needy fund

Published 9:10 am Monday, December 3, 2012

Polk County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol Director Don Lyons (center) presented checks to Sheriff Donald Hill (left) and Carrie Knox (right) Executive Director of FENCE. The checks were the proceeds from the September Open Horse Show presented by the Polk County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. (photo by Kim Pack)

Don Lyons, director of the Polk County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, recently presented checks to Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill and Carrie Knox, executive director of FENCE, from proceeds received at the September open horse show at FENCE.

“The response from the community, both businesses and individual sponsorships, was tremendous,” Lyons said. “We were blessed with a great fall weather day and a large number of participants and spectators. This open horse show was another example of people coming together to volunteer and help our neighbors in the community.”

Because of the enthusiasm for this open horse show, FENCE is developing a schedule for additional Open Horse shows in the coming year.

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Sheriff Hill will apply this money to the Sheriff’s Benevolent Fund.

“There are folks in our community who need additional help during these difficult financial times. This fund provides heating oil, blankets and other items to families in the area,” Hill said. “I would just like to say, ‘Thank You’ to those who helped on this show. It was a fun day for everyone.”

Sheriff Hill presented trophies and ribbons at the show.

A portion of the proceeds was also presented to FENCE.

“FENCE has been generous in allowing the mounted patrol to utilize their facilities for training purposes,” said Lyons.

– article submitted by Don Lyons