Host of Horsemanship Stars Headed to Fort Worth, TX to Support Paraplegic Horseman

Michael Richardson at Benefit Clinic January 9th

One core code has always, will always, unite cowboys - regardless of age or geography. When the chips are down, real cowboys are there to lend a helping hand, a sturdy rope or a quick wit to brighten a friend’s day. In true cowboy fashion, the premier stars and educators of the equine industry have united behind supporting paraplegic horseman and friend, Michael Richardson.

Pat & Linda Parelli, Craig Cameron, Chris Cox, Curt & Tammy Pate, Tom Curtin, Buster McLaury and Lee Smith will all present at the same one-day event to benefit Richardson in Ft. Worth, Texas on January 9, 2011 at the Cowtown Coliseum which will be emceed by Rick Lamb and Peter Campbell.

Spectators are asked to make a $25 donation, online or at the door, to gain entry into the benefit clinic. Benefit proceeds will help defray the extensive medical costs Richardson has amassed over the last two years.

Actively involved in the equine industry throughout his life, Richardson was a competitive hunter/jumper, a recreational fox hunter and a passionate horseman before the age of 20.  In 1986, a deer-on-Jeep rollover accident almost ended his life and left him a paraplegic.

Determined that his injury would not define his life, Richardson began therapeutic riding sessions just five weeks after his accident. Becoming involved with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Richardson has turned tragedy into positivity, becoming a sought after motivational speaker and horsemanship clinician.

Richardson has faced many trials and tribulations since his initial accident. An additional auto accident two years ago, a brown recluse spider bite and numerous surgeries have kept Richardson in and out of the hospital the last 27 months. Many would shake their heads and say that Richardson “can't catch a break”, cowboys however would say “we can help.”

“It is so heartwarming that several of the nation's most famous clinicians and personalities think so much of Michael as to re-arrange their busy schedules and present at the benefit clinic. It's absolutely wonderful they are prepared to donate their time to help Michael in his endeavors to get well,” says Bill Muncaster, the benefit’s organizer.

A silent auction with donations from presenters and spectators alike will be held throughout the event with live auction segments held during clinician demo intermissions.

While organizers suggest a minimum donation of $25 for admission into the one day clinic, donations of any size will be accepted. A great value for a great cause, spectators are sure to return home with many times their donation’s value in knowledge and inspiration.

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