Western fun day to be held at Melvern Lake

CFCC and Associates, Inc., is a nonprofit counseling center that incorporates, when appropriate, horses to assist the healing process of children and adults suffering from a variety of traumatic life events. The name of the program is Horses Easing Life’s Pain.

The group is hosting a two-day event, with an arena obstacle course April 26, and a competitive trail challenge April 27.

The April 26 event will be eight obstacles in an open field. In addition to the AOC, the group will host a family fun day during the contest for those that do not ride. There will be children’s activities and crafts, including making yarn dolls, jewelry making, pin-the-tail-on-the-horse, sack races, face painting and more. Additionally, there will be live music, a silent auction and barbecue afterward. For more information, visit www.actha.us/ride/6748/view.

The April 27 event will be six obstacles covering six to eight miles of trail. In addition to the CTC, there will be contests for best dressed cowgirl, best dressed cowboy, best groomed horse, best dressed dog, pluggin’ along award, hard luck award and farthest traveled award. Cowboy church will be held that morning for those who choose to attend, and lunch will be served after the ride. For more information, visit www.actha.us/ride/6767/view.

The cost of the ride will depend on which division is sign up for and on the rider’s level of expertise. Registration is needed for every event. Everyone must sign up online at the addresses listed above. If a person is unable to sign up online, call (785) 272-0778.

Trails and camping

Crooked Knee Horse Trail at Melvern Lake offers equestrians a 20-mile excursion through the undeveloped west side of the park. Horseshoes are not necessary. Wildlife includes eagles, white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrels, furbearers and waterfowl.

Camping with horses is available in Cowboy Camp and the north loop of Westpoint Campground. The north loop of Westpoint has electricity, water and corrals at each site. There are 30 electric and water campsites, 15 electric campsites and five primitive campsites. To reserve a campsite, call (785) 528-4102 or visit www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Eisenhower_State_Park.

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