Boots & Bridles Gala

Boots & Bridles 2018 date set
The sawdust has barely settled at Undulata Farm where the Boots & Bridles Equestrian Gala was held May 20. The fund-raiser for Shelby Trails Park was deemed a success so the Shelby County Parks Foundation has already set the date for 2018: May 19. The dinner, auction and concert will take place again at Undulata and Kentucky’s country rocker JD Shelburne has agreed to perform again. Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim said, “So mark your calendars now so you can make plans to attend or become a sponsor for this event.”

Gala brings in about $14,000

New pasture fencing will be the first item on the “to do” list at Shelby Trails Parks after the Boots & Bridles Equestrian Gala brought in about $14,000 in donations on May 20. Coordinated by the Shelby County Parks Foundation and hosted by Undulata Farm, the dinner, cocktails, auctions and concert attracted 270 people. “There was a lot of positive response so we will definitely do it again!” he added.

He believes having the event at Undulata Farm attracted some of the guests, “A beautiful setting. We are indebted to Hoppy Bennett for donating the use of his property.” He also commended Shelburne, who donated a framed print of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming as well as a private concert as part of the auction.

Shelby Trails is in full swing now for summer with trails for hikers and walkers, along with paths for horseback riding. Cottongim said individuals can bring their own horse for a fee or book a guided tour. Riding lessons are also offered by calling 502-437-4375.

Cottongim said, “Fencing the pastures is a critical piece right now and then we will work on upgrading the trails. So we thank all those who came to Boots & Bridles to help maintain this great setting.”