Brea and Haven Hospice DeLand Adminstrator Jordan Heaps holding their daughter, Jetta Heaps, stands with Obstacle Challenge Cooridnator Bert Wright

The Inaugural Chief John Wright Memorial Obstacle Challenge Benefits Haven Hospice

DeLand, Florida (June 6, 2014) – The inaugural Chief John Wright Memorial Obstacle Challenge raised more than $4,600 to benefit patients and families of Haven Hospice on Saturday, May 31 at Fiddler’s Green Ranch in Altoona. The challenge began with a flag ceremony led by Travis Sawyer, a local firefighter and the Lake County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. The National Anthem was sung by Joni Nathanson. More than 80 riders participated in one of four equine divisions and guided their horses through obstacles like a teeter totter, bridge crossing and turnstile. The top six riders of each division received a ribbon, and the overall winners received trophies.

Winners in the posse/pro division included Sarah Schlaich in first place, Sharon Carty in second place and Cathy Rotola in third place. Winners in the adult/non-pro division included Debbie Howell in first place, Glenda Bradley in second place and Joni Nathanson in third place. Winners in the novice division included Becky Brannan in first place, Stephanie McAfee in second place and Sissy Beery in third place. Winners in the youth division included Stephanie Walters in first place, Amelia Wagner in second place and Lilly Charles in third place.

All proceeds will benefit the unreimbursed programs and services provided by Haven Hospice to patients, families and the communities it serves. Haven would like thank Bert Wright for planning the event, JoAnn Cosgrove for donating the arena space at Fiddler’s Green Ranch, Dane Hovey for donating obstacles and emceeing the event, Bess Wall for her leadership, and all donors and participants. Thank you to Darlene Applebee, Marcie Morey, Kristen Smeenk and Carla Congdon for judging the challenge.