You can choose to help your community, both by voting and by supporting the Denver Memorial Benefit Horse Show, and in doing so, help the Halter family. You, the people, get to vote on nominations of beneficiaries. While public voting for this year may be over, financial sponsors are always needed. The nomination process covers any person or family that has been affected by a house fire in the last three years.
The horse show started when the Harrower family was badly affected by a house fire on September 18, 2010. Chris Harrower was killed, and his wife was left in a coma for weeks after that. His children lost everything and had nowhere to go with no parents to help guide them. Chris Harrower videotaped Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, and announced too many to name. Kristen Lott, the Denver Show Manager, had the idea to hold a show to help raise money. According to Bethany Harrower, one of Chris’ daughters, “It’s a great idea to live on his tradition in a way and keep giving back to those who helped us out more than we could’ve asked for!”
Bethany tells of the devastation that she hopes that no one should ever have to go through. “Nothing is more devastating than having to live through something like a house fire and having no one to fall back on or anything to begin to build your life back up.” But from tragedy comes hope, as the show raised $3,000 that year for the Harrower family.
The show, now in its fourth year, will benefit another family that needs help, the Halter family. According to the show’s website, “Greg Halter has been a single dad since his son, was 3 years old. On January 26, 2013 at 2:30am their apartment was on fire due to the main house furnace. Greg and his son were not injured, but did lose everything, all their clothes, furniture, appliances, and personal items. Unfortunately Greg has NO insurance at all. They are both staying with family members, but not in the same house. Greg has always been a great dad to Greg Jr. And Greg Jr. is a very kind hearted boy, very nice, and will help you out if you need it, without question.”
For all of you who worry about the caliber of your riding, the show is not rated, and is labeled as a “fun show.” Some riders participate in A and B rated hunters, some strictly do jumpers, and some ride for fun to support the cause. The show helps families in need, while providing riders and spectators alike a chance to have fun and raise money for the beneficiary.
The 2013 show will take place earlier than other years, on Saturday September 14, 2013. There is no rain date this year.