History is in the making here in Boone County!! Thanks to a growing cadre of volunteers, the October 17, 2015 inaugural stables tour sponsored by the Missouri Horse Shows Association (MHSA) as a benefit for the Boone County Historical Society is really taking shape.

Debbie Thomas and Janet Thompson, both MHSA Board members, have taken the lead in firming up the stables which will be featured on this year’s tour, are currently working on which food trucks will be at each venue (yes, we want the foodies to be happy, too!!), and are reaching out to local businesses with the opportunity to participate in the event.

Chris Campbell is working on the design for T-shirts, which will commemorate the event and honor all of the participating stables and supporting individuals and organizations.  Lynn Frazee, former MSHA president, a professional horse trainer herself, the daughter of well-known local horse trainer, Alice Thompson, and grand-daughter of esteemed poet, John Neihardt, is leading the effort to create an exhibit at BCHS for June through December, 2015, which will celebrate Boone County’s equestrian history.  It is anticipated that the exhibit will showcase our history through educational institutions, local personalities, local horses and local equestrian events of all types.

The exhibit will be a focal point for the Boone Countians, especially this fall, as a truly special part of the tour takes place. As we promised last month, we have NEWS!! A writing contest, which will be open to Boone County eighth grade students, and will require a piece of original work, either investigative or creative in nature, will encourage students and their families to visit the Museum, as students conduct research for their entries.

Entries will be received until October 1 and winners will be announced October 17.  The winners of each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship generously donated by Commerce Bank, and held for these students for use with any post-secondary educational institution they choose to attend. The winners will be named as the first members of the Commerce Bank Boone History Scholars Program.

If you would like to participate in any facet of the October event–the tour (we will need volunteers at each stable to hand out BCHS information and directions to the other stables), the exhibit (Lynn still needs assistance in locating historical memorabilia that will demonstrate our history in all of its glory), the writing contest (those of you with an Education or English background could be judges!), or general logistics (many hands make lighter loads!!), please contact Chris at 573-443-8936, ext. 301. He will put you in touch with the right member of the current team.

Most exciting!

Sue Webster for Janet Thompson,
janianfarm@aol.com