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Competing for a cause

March 22, 2018 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY — Five teams are competing in the inaugural Race for the Kids to raise funds for Reins of Life, and online votes from the community will determine the winner.

Each team consists of a horse, rider, instructor and volunteer. As a group, they were tasked with delegating responsibilities, developing a marketing strategy and securing tax-deductible donations.

All monies raised benefit Reins of Life, which provides more than 600 rider slots annually for adults and children with disabilities to receive therapeutic riding sessions.

“Reins of Life generates a small percentage of its annual operating budget through riding fees,” said instructor Amanda Bubb. “If we were to charge these families what it actually costs per hour, none of them would be able to afford it. So, in order to grow our programs and continue to provide our much-needed services, we rely on community dollars, including fundraisers such as this.”

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The five teams participating in the first-ever Race for the Kids, listed in rider-horse order, are Jonah and Chocolate, Benson and Princess, Zach and Truffle, Lauren and Chocolate Chip and “Little Man” and Presley.

To learn more about each team, cast votes and make donations, visit reinsoflife.org and click the red, flower-shaped “VOTE” button.

The winner of Race for the Kids will be announced at the organization’s fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party at the Blue Chip Casino on May 4.