Triple Classic CHAPS Races for Fun and Money | Local News
SHERIDAN – As the Triple Crown wraps up for the season, the kids, horses and adults at PartnerShip Equine Assisted Therapy will keep Sheridan fans playing for a bit longer.
Saturday marks the first of three races at the inaugural Riding for the Brand Triple Classic, a series of pre-recorded horse races filmed at the Sheridan, Casper and Laramie fairs. The races will be streamed at Luminous Brewhouse and Smith Alley Brewing Company in Sheridan over the next three Saturdays, and all proceeds from the events will benefit Equine Therapy in the state of Wyoming, including services provided by the team. CHAPS.
Kristen Marcus, CEO of CHAPS, said the organization’s goal is to raise $ 5,000, which would help fund its general operations.CHAPS serves children and adults with special needs through Equine Assisted Services and Therapies from March through November. In an average year, CHAPS serves around 250 people, Marcus said.
“For us, those dollars will go primarily to operating funds,” Marcus said. “So that means things like liability insurance; our installation lease; utilities; administration and staff; and feed and care for the horses. “
The event, which also serves as a fundraiser for Laramie’s Ark Equestrian Center and Casper’s Reach 4A Star Riding Academy, will give the public chances to “bet” on their favorite horses online, Marcus said. Since horse betting is illegal in Wyoming, CHAPS is implementing a lottery style betting system where supporters of each horse will be entered into a draw for prizes. Those who place “bets” for all three days of racing will be entered into a grand raffle for a Montana Silver belt buckle and Crown Royal quilt.
Marcus said the idea to broadcast the races to local breweries came early in the planning process, when the COVID-19 pandemic was still in full swing and it was impossible to gather on a physical race track. . The partnership with Luminous Brewhouse and Smith Alley Brewing Company offered another unique opportunity: the chance for brewers to create specialty drinks for the event.
Visitors to Luminous during the Triple Classic will have the chance to experience their new IPA Strawberry Fields, according to General Manager Jonny Law.
“It’s a light and very drinkable beer with a subtle strawberry flavor up front,” Law said. “I try to tell people this is not fruit punch. It’s still a beer, but with a light and slightly fruity flavor.
At Smith Alley, Brewing Operations Manager Jeremy Mayo presents his Calypso Mango IPA.
“It’s a single hop, single grain beer,” Mayo said. “It has a sort of IPA flavor circa 2001 that gives the mango finish.”
Mayo and Law said they were excited to partner with a local organization making a big difference for local children and adults.
“We love every opportunity we have to partner with CHAPS,” Law said. “It should be another big event.”
Marcus said she hoped young and old would come out, cheer on the runners and maybe have a beer or two – all for a good cause.
“We had some extremely entertaining races,” said Marcus. “This is a great opportunity for our community to come together, socialize a bit and support an organization that does a lot of good in the community.
The opening event of the classic triple will be filmed races at Casper on Saturday. The Sheridan races will be broadcast on May 29, followed by the Laramie races on June 6. All races will be broadcast at Luminous and Smith Alley starting at 2 p.m.