Riders in Colchester saddled up to compete in a horse competition hosted by Erin Longworth Performance Horses stable. But competitor Ashley Smith is not there to win the gold. "I love to be competitive, but today is definitely about the little kids at the children's hospital," said Smith.
With change bags and entry fees, riders and spectators are donating funds to the Vermont Children's Hospital. "They deserve the chance and all this money. Their families deserve it and it means the world that we can raise money and help them," said Smith.
Smith is already a round-up bandit for the Children's Hospital. She suggested the idea to stable owner, Erin Longworth, to raise money through a friendly competition. It didn't take much convincing for Longworth to agree. "We've actually spent time in the hospital. My son was there with pneumonia for about four days a few months ago. And they're an absolutely wonderful facility. We wanted to help out any way we could," said Longworth.
The event is raising money for the children's hospital but there is one special person riders are remembering Saturday. 17-year-old Logan Newell of St. Albans died in a freak accident last month. Authorities say his car had a malfunction and filled with carbon-monoxide. Smith is a family friend. "We wanted to give back and let his family and him know that we love him and we're here," said Smith.
Remembering a friend and riding for a good cause one gallop at a time. Organizers expect to donate up to 1 thousand dollars to the hospital.