Hidden Creek Equestrian Center in Kunkletown, will be hosting the second annual Ride 4 Hope Quadrille Challenge to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the Saddle Up for St. Jude's program. This event will be held during the Northeast Pennsylvania Show Series Championships on Sunday, October 17. The Quadrille Challenge will begin at 11:45 and conclude at 12:25. Voting will take place from 12:25 to 1:30, with the award ceremony to be held at 2:00.

A Quadrille is a choreographed musical performance by groups of horses and riders. This year's Quadrille Challenge consists of three teams of six riders each - two teams from Hidden Creek and one from Bit By Bit Equestrian Center. These teams have been practicing all year and have choreographed amazing rides. One team will be riding to music from the movie, Elf, another will be riding to Halloween themed music and the third will be riding to music from Disney's Spectromagic Parade. Riders range in age from 9 through adult and most are members of Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association.

The 2009 Ride 4 Hope raised over $2,500 for St. Jude's and the group is hopeful that this year's event will surpass the $3,000 mark.

There are various ways to support the Quadrille Challenge. You can come out to participate as a spectator for the event and show your support for this great cause. In addition to having each Quadrille judged by both judges for the show, spectators can vote for their favorite Quadrille Team by placing money in the team's jar - $1 equals one point added to the team's score. The winners of the Quadrille Challenge will be determined once all monies have been tallied and added to the combined score of the judges.

There will be an unmounted award ceremony for the teams. There will be coloring books for sale and raffle tickets to win Equestrian Artwork, all to benefit St. Jude's. If you cannot attend the event, but wish to contribute a donation to St. Jude's through the Ride 4 Hope event or if you wish to obtain more information about sponsoring your own Saddle Up for St. Jude's event, you can contact Jill Kuc at (570) 977-1406. Directions to Hidden Creek Equestrian Center can be found on our website, www.hiddencreekequestrian.com.