Trail ride to raise Down syndrome awareness

BY M. SCOTT MORRIS

Daily Journal

A collection of storytellers and performers will bring their horses and a message to Northeast Mississippi during a Davy Crockett Trail Ride.

Phil Thomas of Howenwald, Tenn., has organized a trip from Crockett's Lawrenceburg, Tenn., home to San Antonio, where the frontiersman died at The Alamo in 1836.

“The main thing we're trying to do is raise awareness for Down syndrome,” said Thomas, who has a grandson with Down syndrome.

Thomas and his crew are using trailers to carry their horses and supplies to different stops along the way. Northeast Mississippi stops will include:

n Today – The Circle Y Restaurant, south of Corinth

n Saturday – The Prentiss County Agri-Center, Booneville

n Sunday – The Lee County Agri-Center, Verona

n Thursday – Stinkin' Jim's Camp, near Houston

The group generally arrives in an area around 9 a.m., when they meet with local saddle clubs for a trail ride. Thomas requests a $20 donation to be included in the ride

Between 5 and 6 p.m. at each site, there will be storytelling and musical performances. The shows are $20 and include a Davy Crockett Trail Ride coin.

Money raised from the event will help fund the ride and raise awareness for Down syndrome. Any money left at the end of the ride will be donated to the National Down Syndrome Congress.

“The awareness is very important, especially for people in small communities who may be the only family in the area dealing with Down syndrome,” said David Tolleson, executive director of the congress.

“It's amazing the number of people who are not aware that local and regional help is available.”

For information, call (931) 242-0382 or check www.davycrockettcharityride.org. The congress' Web address is www.ndsccenter.org.