Around the Water Trough

Barrel of ‘Fun’raising! 

By Finley Habenicht


My name is Finley Habenicht, I am a 13-year-old eventer. Recently I was awarded an educational grant from NCDCTA. Part of the grant application was to come up with a way to help NCDCTA members. I came up the idea of putting a barrel on the front porch of the Carolina Horse Park’s office to collect gently used/new tack and grooming supplies. We are calling the project “Barrel of ‘Fun’raising!” CHP agreed to be our host site and the barrel will be there starting with the May War Horse event. The barrel will be open for donations during all CHP events.

I will collect the items at every War Horse event. The items will be distributed to area barns and organizations that need some support. Some items to donate are halters, lead ropes, bridles, saddles, saddle pads, girths, and any other horse or tack cleaning supplies such a hoof picks, brushes and more! Horseback riding can be expensive, and I think everyone could use a little help now and then.

If you know of a location/rider that could use some assistance, please contact me at I look forward to helping riders and horses this year. Thank you!