The purpose of this non-profit organization shall be to promote active interest in horses, to further ideals of equine education and sportsmanship, and to raise funds for scholarships.
BRDC was established the same year as the hurricane of September 1938, started as part of the Old Home Day Entertainment and holding its first horse frolics only a few days prior to the damaging hurricane. The competition consisted of six events for horses and ponies, all owned by local citizens. The proceeds from the event were donated to the American Red Cross in order to help out following the storm.
From 1942 through 1945 mounted patrols were organized under the leadership of Herbert Rice, Jennie Blaisdell, and Captain E.B. Stone. The patrol cut and maintained trails in addition to assisting police and fire patrols in search and rescue efforts.
Over the eighty plus years the club has been in existence, it has promoted a multitude of activities such as the formation of the Galloping Hooves 4-H Club, started in 1955 by Jennie Blaisdell, and a competitive 35-mile trail ride which began in 1965.
Today, the BRDC is involved in the running of spring and fall trail rides and specialized clinics for its members. The Barre Horse Show Series has become a tradition each summer.
The proceeds from the BRDC shows are used to award scholarships to local students to further their education. Recently added is the availability of equine scholarships awarded to children and adults to assist in their equine pursuits.
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