Dixie Stampede riders saddle up for fund-raiser

From Staff Reports
LIMESTONE -- Equifest, a horse extravaganza, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
S.L. and Loretta Pemberton, trick riders for the past seven years at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, have been performing for 25 years. They will saddle up for this year's Equifest: A Horse Extravaganza at The Crumley House.
The pair, both of Milan, Tenn., ride "Taco" and "Preacher" when performing their stunts as well as "Apache" and "Comanche" for Roman Riding. Each is a registered paint horse. The Pembertons have been selected five times to perform at the International Finals Rodeo and are two-time Contract Ace Showcase winners. The Pembertons have also been showcased at a halftime performance during a Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls game. They have made numerous television appearances on NBC and TNN.
Red-ribbon tickets for Equifest are $10 per person and cover admission to all equestrian exhibitions. Children between the ages of 6-12 are admitted for $5, while those younger than 6 will be admitted free.
Blue-ribbon Equifest tickets are $100 per person. These entitle holders to admission to the exhibition, as well as to a cocktail and dinner party from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and a live auction to follow. Advance reservations are requested and may be made by calling (432) 257-3644.
June Barrett, founder of The Crumley House, estimates about 150 to 200 people will take part in the dinner, which she described as "an elegant buffet." Auction items will include trips and more. Blue-ribbon ticket holders also will be eligible for door-prize drawings.
All proceeds from Equifest benefit The Crumley House, which provides residential facilities, vocational training and socialization for those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. The house provides transitional care between acute rehabilitation and community re-entry.
The center is located at 300 Urbana Road.
The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, a nonprofit organization for brain injury survivors in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, hopes to serve brain injury survivors from around the country as it gains regional, national and international attention.
For more information, call (423) 257-3644 or visit The Crumley House online www.onepaper.com/crumleyhouse.