“Fill the Trailer” at Old Fort Days Rodeo
The Old Fort Days Rodeo is in full swing in its 80th year. As you walk into Harper Stadium on the grounds of Kay Rodgers Park in Fort Smith, you can’t help but notice a horse trailer sticking out like a sore thumb.
“A lot of people think we’re a dealer, selling trailers,” says Kendra Ingle. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In actuality, it’s an effort to take care of the injured and displaced animals of the Moore, Okla., EF-5 tornado which hit May 20.
“Fill the Trailer” came to life when Ingle and her friend Kari Cannedy were having a simple conversation. The two met during their school days when they both made the horse riding quadrille team, The Old Fort Days Dandies—the team of high school girls is a staple in the rodeo’s grand entry every night.
A friendship between the two girls, one from Ozark (Cannedy) the other from Alma (Ingle) was born. The friendship they made over their love of horses took them through their college years, where they lived as roommates, and now next weekend will take them to Moore, OK to deliver supplies to veterinary clinics and humane societies.
“People have Red Cross,” Ingle said. “But who is going to take care of the animals? It started out with us saying let’s go down there next weekend (after the rodeo) and we decided we could gather stuff at the rodeo to take with us as we go down.”
The two started calling clinics in the Moore area and found out exactly is needed. The trailer is at the Old Fort Days Rodeo every day and night, where people can drop off supplies.
100% of the donations will go to help animals in need.
Square bales of horse hay
Bagged horse feed
Halters & leads
Elastikon, vet wrap, bandage materials, etc Dog and cat food(canned or dry) Dog and cat treats Kitty litter
Monetary donations (check or cash)
*Receipts for your donations are available.
*Please only items in new or very good condition
To donate please call: 479-209-0071
The goal is to have a full trailer and enough donations to drop off at all these locations:
Equine Medical Associates
OKC Animal Welfare
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Animal Resource Center
Oklahoma Humane Society