The riding club is preparing to launch a new season | Education

Gettysburg Riding Club Inc. will kick off its 70th show season on Sunday, May 15 with a fun horse show to benefit Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries.

This tradition began in 2013. This show offers lessons for everyone, from the beginner rider with an experienced horse or the green horse with a seasoned rider, according to a statement from the club. Classes include fun, horseback riding, jumping and game lessons including barrel racing and pole bending.

“Some fun classes are Potato Run, Chutes and Ladders, and Command Class. If you have a beginner rider, you can lead them or just be in the ring with them in all walk classes. There are courses reserved for therapeutic riders. There is also a class for all 4-H members,” the statement read.

Designed to be a fun day for all attendees, the show starts at 9 a.m. and 3 BBQ Hogs from Hannover will be there to sell lunch items.

The Adams County 4-H Equine Club will also be hosting an open fun show in conjunction with the 4-H Round-up on Saturday, June 4 starting at 8 a.m., according to the release.

For more information, contact Alexis at 717-334-6271. With 4-H rules, no one under the age of 8 is allowed to be ridden, according to the statement. Everyone is invited.

“Other shows at the Alice and Kennie Foust Equestrian Park, home of the Gettysburg Riding Club Inc., will all be English language shows, which are part of the blue and gray horse show circuit,” the statement read.

These shows are June 12, June 19, which is a Turning Point Stable show, and July 17. These shows begin at 8 a.m.

Participants can ride in fun or riding courses on the flat as well as over jumps, according to the statement. Food will also be available for purchase during the shows on June 12 and 19 and July 17.

The Gettysburg Riding Club donates money from its course sponsorships and show proceeds to the Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Ministries, Adams County 4-H Equine Club and at Gettysburg Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit for Adams County residents who cannot afford therapy, according to the statement.

“We are the oldest continuous contributor to Gettysburg Hospital. Everyone is welcome to come watch the shows or just come and have lunch at the food truck,” the statement read.

The equestrian club is an entirely voluntary club. People don’t need to have a horse to volunteer.

Clyde P. Johnson