Story & Photography by Woody Woodard
The 29th Mid-South Charity Horse Show for “Eden of Youth Town” was held at the Pugh Bourne Park for the 5th year. This event is a preliminary competition for the annual Tennessee Walking Horse competition held in Shelbyville. Member Ed Cotter said “The Mid-South Horse Association is about 60 years old and one of, if not the oldest association in the country.” Through their charity events, funds are raised that go to benefit children assistance organizations like Eden of Youth Town.
Mike Roby said “Youth Town and Eden of Youth Town are 90-day inpatient treatment facilities for kids dealing with drug addiction as repeat offenders. The boy’s center is on Highway 45 South, and the female-oriented Eden of Youth Town is located in the Beech Bluff community.” Overall it is estimated that the combined Youth Town facilities receive about $15,000 to $20,000 annually through charity events and donations.