We had the great honor of assisting with the 2015 Ashlei Hurd Ernsberger Memorial Benefit this past Saturday. We provided plaques and an acrylic recognition award for the event which was held at the Knox County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
 
This horse show was created and organized by our close family friend, Carrie Gaumer as a benefit memorial to honor and remember her daughter Ashlei. Many years ago my wife and I were Ashlei's basketball coach at the YMCA and since that time, our families remained friends.
 

The benefit was held for a local resident to help with paying veterinarian expenses for her horse that was shot by an unknown person this past July. An event like this brings the community together for a great cause, and also enables young adults the chance to sharpen their skills in the equine arena.

Personally, this was our first horse event, but I can say that it won't be our last. We haven't had much exposure around horses, even though we live in a rural community. It was inspiring, to say the least, watching these young riders handle these beautiful, massive animals. From an outsiders viewpoint, I witnessed kids and young adults motivating each other in the arena, caring about each other and their horses, and coming together as a community out of love and respect. What a great bunch of families there are here in Knox County.