Dover, DE. (Sept. 5, 2018) --- The Delaware State equestrian team received a generous donation this morning of much needed supplies for their program through local community connections.
Through a collaboration between Lowes, Delaware State University Police and the Dover Police Department, brand new wheelbarrows, rakes, and shovels were donated to the team.
Officer Anthony Smith, coordinator of the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) for Dover Police headed the initiative to donate the supplies after using them on a field restoration and renovation project for the Murphy School. The P.A.L. upgraded and landscaped the Murphy School’s athletic fields and courts as well as constructed new outdoor activities for students such as cornhole.
Through connections with Delaware State University Police, Smith saw a way to repurpose the lightly used equipment at the equestrian team’s facilities.
“It’s always a good day when local resources pull together and utilize what we have in our community to help one another,” DSU Equestrian Head Coach Jennifer Ridgely said. “The Dover PD had great intentions helping the Murphy School, but the fact that they were able help our team and give a second life to the equipment and a second life to the donation is fantastic. This is a great day and we are very excited to work in unison with Lowe’s and the Police Departments in the future.”
Ridgely has been an advocate for community connections and frequently keeps the equestrian team involved in local events. The team is hosting their annual Round-Up event Friday, September 7, 2018 from 4pm-7pm at their facility in Felton, DE. All are welcome for food and fellowship to meet the athletes and horses as well as learn about the sport of equestrian.
The Hornets begin their season opener September 27th and 28th with a triple-header on the road against Texas Christian University, Baylor University and Fresno State. The team is looking to expand on their accolades and national achievements for the 2018-2019 season.