Eagles Nest holds third annual Family Horse Show

 

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Horse riders from across Tennessee came together Sunday in Brownsville to strut their stuff in support of a local nonprofit organization.

“We provide mental health services in the areas of intensive, in-home, out-patient, behavioral, individual, group and family as well as substance abuse,” said Gwen Gavin, executive director of Eagles Nest Prevention and Family Enrichment Services.

Gavin says this is the third annual Eagles Nest Family Horse Show, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit.

“A lot of times, people who need services don’t have the funds to do so,” Gavin said. “So we want to be able to serve those as well.”

Representatives from the Eagle Nest Family Horse Show say it will showcase five classes of competition including saddle, spotted, racking, speed racking and padded. Riders we spoke with said they were there for more than a trophy.

“Actually, my mind just goes blank once I go out there, but it’s just like it said, if I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t, because it’s just for fun, and it’s helping someone,” competitor Deron Hayes said.

Officials say the purpose of this fundraiser is not just to raise money.

“A lot of times we go out and do fundraisers not just about the money you collect but about the awareness that you raise in your community, about the resources that are available,” Brownsville Mayor Bill Rawls said.

Organization representatives say keeping people happy and healthy benefits the entire community.

“It’s very important that this community understands mental health and services mental health in a way that it should be served,”¬†Gavin said.

Gavin said she did not want to set a monetary goal for the fundraiser Sunday evening because, as she put it, every penny is appreciated. She also says the organization plans to hold the event again next year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Eagles Nest organization and the services they provide, you can contact Gwen Gavin at 980-522-7724 or email her at eaglesnog@yahoo.com.