Mills Family Farm is holding a free benefit horse show May 18 to raise money for youth group mission trips and preschool programs at Vanderburg United Methodist Church in Mooresville.
Nicole Mills, owner of Mills Family Farm, said all proceeds from the event will be split evenly between the youth group and the preschool at Vanderburg UMC. She said many local businesses donated prizes and sponsorships to the event.
“We are fairly flexible in working with our sponsors to achieve the goal of giving back to the community and support our church,” she said.
Vanderburg youth group director Charmaigne Van Rooyen said she hopes this event will help get the word out about the youth program and the preschool at the church and help both programs grow.
“We want to let people know we are here,” Van Rooyen said, “We want to show the community that we as a church can come together.”
Vanderburg has several options for preschool with classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. There are two youth groups; one for high-school-age youths and one for middle-schoolers.
Van Rooyen said the horse show is a fun, family event, and the money goes to a good cause because the youth group will use funds raised to go on mission trips.
One mission trip, planned for July, will take the group to the North Carolina coastal town of Vandemere to work with United Methodist Disaster and Relief Fund to help build housing and repair storm damage on existing homes.
The bulk of the money will fund outreach into communities, allowing the youths to engage with people who are not as fortunate as themselves. It helps to change their perspective, Van Rooyen said.
There is also a Vacation Bible School planned for the summer. The high school Vacation Bible School will follow a boot camp theme, and students will participate in games similar to activities on the show “Survivor.”
“In our youth group, we create a safe zone for the kids,” Van Rooyen said.
The horse show will include several divisions: walk trot, walk trot canter, lead line, cross rails division, beginning hunter, short stirrup, low hunter, open hunter, and jumper divisions of varying heights.
Riders can win more than $4,000 in prizes, and ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth place.
Rachel Daniels is a freelance writer for Mooresville News. Have a story idea for Rachel? Email her at email@example.com
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