Young Rider Fundraising

From the Desk of the Young Rider Coordinator:

First and Foremost, camp is going well and entries are coming in daily! Please let your friends know that all campers are welcome--including Adult Riders--and the deadline for forms will be May 1, 2018.

I have thought of many ways to fundraise for the Young Riders of Area III. Realizing that we not only have the NAJYRC in Montana in July, we are also wanting to send teams to the Team Challenge in Lexington, Kentucky in October. This is quite ambitious, so the fund raising efforts must be without boundaries. WE, as an Area, are going to help our Young Riders make these competitions.

The Young Rider Silent Auction:
On January 28th, the Area III Young Riders were asked to gather a minimum of three items for the NAJYRC Silent Auction. We are going to get the Silent Auction up and running within the week, so please send me the list of items that you have gathered! You do not have to be listed on the NAJYRC list to do this-remember, we want to have several teams going to Lexington in October!

Needed for the Auction website will be the name of the item, the description, the value, and a picture, if possible. I will also need the names and addresses of the donors so that I can not only send them a thank you note from the Area III Young Riders, but they can also use this letter to show that a donation has been made to a non-profit organization. This also means that if someone wishes to make a direct tax-deductible contribution to the Area III Young Riders, it will certainly be appreciated as well.

Fundraising Is a Year Long Project:
The next item to think about is that fundraising is best spread out over the year. Area III covers multiple States, and Area III needs to be represented both at the National and International Level. All of the Young Riders should be motivated to help with a broad range of fund raising functions. Ask your boarding facilities/trainers/parents/friends as to what would be fun to do in your town. All Olympians have started in the beginner ranks and progressed from there. So, let’s hear some new and exciting ideas! Here are some thoughts to get started for the Silent Auction.

Go to the Organizers of Recognized and Schooling Shows that are considered your home town event and ask them to donate an entry into their next show.

Local Hotels and Restaurants
1. Ask the Hotel for the one or two nights riders are in town for a show during the next year
2. Restaurant gift cards are wonderful for auctions

Your Favorite Coach: It does not have to be the Young Rider Coach/or the Selectors. Your local Coach is wonderful and perfect to ask to participate!
1. A Buddy Lesson package: Whoever has the highest bid on a Coach’s lesson package may also
take a friend. That additional rider will pay half price of what is the normal cost with this Coach.
It is always fun to take a Friend!
2. Donate a Course Walk
3. Donate Coaching for a show-it can be a schooling show as well.

Your feed store/tack store
1. Ask for items to raffle during the Silent Auction
2. Put a sign at their store asking to support the Area III Young Riders-we do accept straight

Local foundations: They may have grants available or would like to make a donation to the Area
III Young Riders.

This is your organization, so let me hear back from all of you as to your ideas!

Thank you for all of your continued support of Area III!

Allina Bell