No photo finish for this fundraising event as final figures finished several lengths ahead of last year at the CHAPS “Nite at the Races,” held Saturday at the Exhibition Hall at the fairgrounds.
An enthusiastic crowd of 147 raised over $17,000 at the annual fundraiser, which featured wagering on videotaped Thoroughbred racing. Money raised will help cover expenses to provide care for the horses, equipment, scholarships, and other needs that will benefit those participating in the therapeutic riding programs at CHAPS.
CHAP’s director Sue Suddith said that while attendance was down by 25% this year, they raised approximately $1,000 more than last year.
CHAPS -- Children, Horses, and Adults in Partnership -- provides therapeutic riding for children and adults in Sheridan and Johnson Counties with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities.
CHAPS and First Federal Savings Bank sponsored the event, which included a buffet dinner and auctions, plus several raffles.