January Thaw Equine Expo 2012 Raises $3300 for Children’s Wish!

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Another Rousing Success!

Cheque presentation

Photo courtesy of Pam MacKenzie

Fredericton, NB – January 23, 2012 – January Thaw Equine Expo 2012 – the fifth annual event – saw expansive blue skies and crisp temperatures at Fredericton’s Capital Exhibition Centre. Hundreds of horse people from across the Maritime Provinces came together to socialize, shop, and raise money for a great cause: NB Children’s Wish Foundation. In addition to the $2 voluntary admission fee, visitors and exhibitors donated funds and prizes to raise a final total of $3300 at the day-long event.

This year’s event saw many new exhibitors and attendees. Adrienne Strowbridge traveled to Fredericton from the Bridgewater, NS area to attend the event for the first time: “It’s a great way to break up the winter season and to see horsey friends.“ She continued, “It’s good to see what events each club has planned for the coming show season and to help Children’s Wish at the same time.”

A record number of exhibitors (49) displayed their wares at the event. Visitors could have picked up a new pick up and horse trailer to go with it. Booths showcased art, décor, tack, and bling – for horses and humans. As they sipped hot apple cider from AtlanticRider.com and nibbled on treats from local 4-H clubs, horse enthusiasts could also join and organization; learn about feeding programs or hoof care; or sign up for riding lessons. While chatting with friends – old and new – a ripple of excitement occurred each time yet another winner of a prize draw was announced.

Co-organizers Karen Thomas (North Stream Farm Tack Shop) and Brenda Nason (Sundowner Atlantic/Holiday Ranch) were delighted with the day. Nason enthused, “It was great to see the coming together of the Maritime Equine community to support the Children’s Wish!”

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January 23, 2011
Over $3,500 raised for the NB Children’s Wish Foundation at the Annual “January Thaw Equine Expo”

L-R: Brenda Nason and Karen Thomas, organizers of the annual January Thaw Equine Expo, presented $3,536.20 to Dave Hanlon representing the NB Children's Wish Foundation Photo Credit: Tanya Everett Photography

Fredericton, NB – January 23, 2011- The fourth annual “January Thaw Equine Expo” raised $3,536.20 for the NB Children’s Wish Foundation. The $2 voluntary admission went directly to the Foundation along with funds raised through exhibitor donations and prize draws throughout the day.

Despite the abysmal weather the night before, hundreds visitors from across the Maritimes made the trek to Fredericton to participate in or attend the mid-winter equine event.

“We greatly appreciate the fact that our exhibitors braved the elements to get here and put on a good exhibit for our visitors. Their generosity along with that of our visitors helped to raise a substantial amount of money for the NB Children’s Wish Foundation,” said Karen Thomas on behalf of herself and Brenda Nason, fellow event co-ordinator.

Dave Hanlon, speaking on behalf of the Children’s Wish Foundation, said, “Without the support of individuals, businesses, organizations and events like this we would be unable to provide wishes for deserving children. On behalf of those children, thank you.”

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Forty-four exhibitors and still more to come! Mark your calendar and fuel up the truck because it’s going to be a great day at the January Thaw 2011!

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2010 January Thaw a huge sucess!

Last years January Thaw was truly a beautiful day full of miracles. By 4:30pm Dave Hanlon, Children’s Wish Foundation Coordinator said “Thanks to the funds raised during this event, we are a quarter of the way to granting another Wish in the New Brunswick area.” Over $3500 was raised at the third annual January Thaw Equine Expo for the Oromocto / Fredericton Sub-Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.


Brenda & I are extremely grateful for everyone who took part in this event; it is successful because of you!

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