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Student's horse show to raise funds for breast cancer fight

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The words "senior project" ignite dread among some high-school students, but Lauren McCaslin turned her idea into a life-saving cause.

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For her senior project at Greenbrier High School, McCaslin is organizing a horse show Saturday at The Old Frontier, a Christian campground in Thomson. All proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

"I knew I wanted to do a horse show," McCaslin said. "I just wanted to do something that I could raise money and help the cause."

The Old Frontier holds a horse show the first Saturday of each month, said Chris Smith, the owner of the campground. McCaslin attended some horse shows and asked him if she could use his venue for the show, he said.

Smith welcomed the idea.

"It's a very worthy cause," Smith said. "She's a senior that's wanting to do something for society."

McCaslin said the first half of the show will feature classes with English-style riding. After a lunch break, the remainder of classes will be Western-style riding.

Participants at the event can choose from 51 different classes. Musical chairs and Egg and Spoon Walk/Trot/Gait are just two examples of the wide variety of classes.

"This is more of a family oriented, relaxed atmosphere," Smith said.

McCaslin lost both her grandmothers to breast cancer, so the cause hits close to home.

"She chose the charity. We didn't sway her at all," said her mother, Pam McCaslin. "I thought that was very touching."

Most classes costs $7 to enter and championship classes cost $10. Those who want to ride in multiple classes can pay $55 and ride as much as they want for the whole day. Lunch and concessions will be available for donations. Donations can also be placed to the American Cancer Society.

Registration for the show begins at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday .

The show currently has about 17 volunteers, including someone who will judge each class. McCaslin also designed the T-shirts each volunteer will wear.

The event is sponsored by Boots Bridles & Britches, where McCaslin works.

McCaslin says she plans to attend the University of Georgia and is trying out for the UGA equestrian team. But first, she must finish her senior project.

"I hope it all goes good and people show up and I raise enough money to actually help," McCaslin said. "I just hope it runs smoothly."



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