A Lakeside High School senior is teaming up with the Old Frontier in Thomson to raise money for breast cancer research. Organized by Lauren McCaslin for her senior project, the Open Charity Horse Show will be Saturday, Feb. 2. Lauren said it was a natural choice for her project.
"I've been in horse shows since I was 10," she said. "And both my grandma's died from breast cancer, so I thought it's a good cause I can relate to."
Lauren said she is in the monthly shows held at the Old Frontier, a non-profit Christian campground in Thomson. She asked Chairman Chris Smith if she could use the facility for her show.
"It's a ton more work than I thought it was going to be," the senior admitted. "The biggest challenge has been just getting it all together, finding a judge, finding food. I'm a big procrastinator, so actually having to do things ahead of time to make sure it'll all be ready was really hard for me."
Lauren said Wal-Mart and Kroger has donated food items, the Evans Diner donated hamburger patties and Sonic donated condiments and cups. Her biggest expense so far has been award ribbons, which cost her $250.
"I didn't realize they cost that much," she said. "But people have helped out a lot."
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $7 per class, $10 for championship classes or $55 daily fee. Breast cancer rubber wristbands will be given to each person who registers.
There are 51 classes for all ages and levels that include halter, lead line riders, open English pleasure, Arabian pleasure, hunter pleasure, walk/job/trot/gait, beginner and open trail, style racking horse, gaited pleasure, hackney pony pleasure, western pleasure and others.
A lunch break will be around 1:30 and Lauren said the show should end around 5 p.m. Free concessions will be available. Donations are accepted. Checks are to be made out to American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Research.
"I just hope it doesn't rain," Lauren said. "I've got everything together, but I can't schedule the rain."
The Old Frontier is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of GA-17 in Thomson.