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Hoof Beats of HOPE to auction off horse

The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys (Manitoba chapter), is looking to make a difference today and tomorrow for the children, their families and staff at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg through a special fundraising initiative called Hoof Beats of HOPE.

The idea was put forth by Manitoba chapter president, Terry Baker of Newdale, however, it has truly become a board’s project in a way to help others.

The Baker family — Terry and daughter Katelynn (training) and wife/mother Donna (promotions) have lent countless hours to the project. The project focuses on a horse named Regalo (Spanish for “the Gift Horse”), which will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Annual Rocking W Ranch Horse Sale next spring in Brandon.

All proceeds generated from now to the sale date of April 20, 2013 will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, in support of child health and child health research.

The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys (FCC) is in the process of purchasing Regalo, a five-year-old registered quarter-horse gelding. Training of Regalo is already underway and according to the Bakers he is coming along amazingly, accepting the tasks and challenges with virtually no resistance. While very successful in doing ranch horse work, Regalo is also well collected for the show ring.

“It took us a while to find this special horse, he is papered up well and anyone can ride him,” said Baker. “That’s the type of horse we were looking for, one that was very marketable and a horse you can go anywhere with.”

Regalo will be trained by six or seven of Manitoba’s best Christian Cowboys horse trainers in a variety of disciplines throughout the project, turning him into a well-grounded, solid horse that anyone can ride. Upon going up for auction, 100 per cent of the sale will go directly to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, a special organization for the advancement of knowledge in the field of pediatric medical research. For more information on the foundation visit www.goodbear.mb.ca.

Dr. Goodbear excited

“The Children’s Hospital is very excited about this project,” said Baker. “Dr. Goodbear came out to the ranch in the middle of August to meet Regalo. Regalo didn’t even spook and in no time at all Dr. Goodbear climbed into the saddle and went for a ride.”

It is the FCC’s goal to raise as many funds as we can through this one-of-a-kind project. Well-broke horses are hard to find and worth their weight in gold. It’s a win-win situation for the buyer — you not only get a well-broke horse but also the awesome opportunity to help our sick kids.

The focus of this unique project that has never been done before is to promote our kids in need and not the FCC itself, which is an interdenominational group of Christians seeking to bring to the western and rodeo world support, encouragement and cowboy church services that it conducts at various western events.

The Manitoba chapter was formed in the fall of 1997 with its own board of directors and a small membership. Its membership has grown over the years with some of its original members still sitting on the board.

Public can help

Regalo has been introduced to audiences throughout the summer at a number of local fairs, Heartland Rodeo Finals, and working at the McCreary PFRA pasture, roping and treating cattle. Plans are to showcase Regalo at other horse events.

Sponsors helping with the care of Regalo are onboard including feed and veterinary services, while Rocking W Ranch of Morden is sponsoring the costs associated with the selling of Regalo.

Although some donations have come forth, the general public can help, as you don’t have to purchase the horse to be involved in this special fundraiser.

“We are taking donations towards this project right now! All proceeds after the incurred cost will be forwarded along with the money from the sale of Regalo to the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg,” said Baker. “All donations are tax receiptable and can be addressed to FCC-Hoof Beats of HOPE, c/o Terry/Donna Baker, Box 187, Newdale, Man. R0J 1L0.

For more information, photos and updates of Regalo, check out www.canadianchristiancowboys.ca and follow the links or contact the Bakers at (204) 849-2154.

As ranchers, the Bakers know full well that a horse of this nature doesn’t come up for sale too often. The non-profit organization was able to obtain this horse because of what Hoof Beats of HOPE stood for — the need of making a difference in a sick child’s life. All people are being given an opportunity to be a part of this exciting project through donations made to FCC, a charity that keeps families in mind.

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