Edited Press Release
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (August 9, 2022) – On behalf of the MKE Urban Stables, Helen Biever, a local horse enthusiast, is organizing a charity horse show to be held at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg, WI, on August 26 – 28, 2022. Proceeds from the show will benefit MKE Urban Stables, the first facility in the nation to combine mounted patrol, equine-assisted therapy and learning, and community engagement programs.
The charity show is designed for local trainers and entry-level riders to participate in a horse show without a significant investment. The event accepts up to 60 horses and 85 riders.
Helen Biever, chairwoman for the MKE Urban Stables Charity Horse Show and Assistant Trainer at Wild Wood Equestrian Center in Hartland, Wisconsin, wants to bring back a local horse show to the community. “Shows like this have been replaced by larger national shows that are expensive to enter. My goal with this show is to have all the bells and whistles of those shows, but at an affordable price for everyone,” says Helen. “My parents used to organize the Milwaukee Spring Horse Show for many years, with the proceeds going to St. Joseph and St. Michael Hospitals. I wanted to honor that tradition with this new charity horse show for MKE Urban Stables.”
There will be academy classes for up to three jumpers and hunters. The horse show will include a silent auction, a kissing booth with Prissy the mini-donkey, ride-a-buck, a team hunt-and-go derby, gambler’s choice and the crowd favorite, lead line.
Food at the event will include a hot dog lunch and ice cream social, a BBQ dinner, and a wine & cheese display, among other items.
The show starts on Friday, August 26th at 10 AM and will continue Saturday and Sunday at 8 AM.
About MKE Urban Stables:
Located on the city’s south side at 143 E. Lincoln Ave., MKE Urban Stables is the first facility in the nation to combine mounted patrol, equine-assisted therapy, and community engagement programs. The 30,000-square-foot facility houses 12 horses from the Milwaukee Police Department’s Mounted Patrol and 7 therapy horses and donkeys.
About the MPD Mounted Patrol:
The Mounted Patrol has a long history in Milwaukee, dating back to 1929. The unit was disbanded in 1949 but was revitalized by MPD in 1999. The MPD Mounted Patrol horses have been used for public events like Bastille Days, farmers markets, St. Patrick’s Day, and neighborhood and community events.
About Equine-Assisted Therapy:
Equine-assisted therapy utilizes engagement with and movements of a horse as sensory input. Programs date back to the 1960s and have been used to address autism, cerebral palsy, PTSD, addictions, arthritis, MS, head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, behavioral disorders, and psychiatric disorders.