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Hoof It For Girl Scouts


By Tommy Brannon

Middle Tennessee Girl Scout equestrians at Camp Sycamore Hills and the Girls Scout Equestrian teams will be the beneficiaries of a “tack and togs” raising campaign, taking place the entire month of June in Franklin, TN. The campaign, dubbed “Hoof it for Girl Scouts,” is the brainchild of Lee Ann Ingram of Nashville, TN. The idea is for donors to clean out their barns and closets and help fill a horse trailer with much needed tack and equestrian clothing for the camp and teams. Ames Krebs, owner of Franklin Horse Supply and Franklin Kubota, has offered his parking lot for the trailer during the donation month.

Carol Coats, director of the riding program at Camp Sycamore Hills, helped Lee Ann compile a wish list for the 42-horse facility, which is not just for summer camps. The Girl Scout Equestrians have a year round program with riding lessons, and the Equestrian teams compete with Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Some graduates of the Girl Scout program have gone on to compete on their college teams and some have chosen equine professions.

Lee Ann entreated, “I greatly appreciate any support. Any gift is appreciated, whether it is a hoof pick or $100. It all goes to ‘load the trailer!’ You may stop by anytime during business hours to drop off your items. If you want to purchase clothing for the riding teams, you could make a donation to the Girl Scout equestrian program; then the girls could purchase helmets and boots that fit them.” Donors can also purchase a gift card for the team. The girls have a dress code for specific competitions, such as equitation classes, thus they need the proper clothing for each competition.

The wish list includes: navy or dark riding jackets, white or light colored show shirts, tan riding pants, tall boots (for show) and short boots for campers, helmets with safety harness, flat back water buckets, pull wagons or wheel barrows for manure and hay, Western saddles, English jumping saddles, saddle pads, girth covers, grooming supplies, fly spray, medicines or any hoof care treatment, stable forks, flat shovels, muck buckets, hoses, garden sprinklers, barn fans for stalls, big aisle fans, rust inhibitor black paint, 100 8ft. fence boards, salt bricks for stalls, and salt blocks for fields. 

The Girl Scout equestrians are accepting all kinds of donations – from riding clothing, boots, and helmets to barn/stall equipment to grooming supplies to salt bricks & blocks for the horse. For information on contributing to the “wish list,” contact Carol Coats, Equestrian Manager at 615-947-3214 or by email: Camp Sycamore Hills is located in Ashland City, TN. Find more information about the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and their year-round equestrian programs at Franklin Horse Supply is located at 1561 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN; phone: 615-790-7860.

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