Horse show to benefit tuition fund at York Country Day


York Country Day School is organizing a day of horsing around, for a cause.

About a third of the more than 230 students at York Country Day School receive financial aid that enables them to attend the private school, said Hannah Holliway, director of admissions and financial aid.

To help build the scholarship fund, the school will host its 18th annual Horse Show and Country Fair on Sunday at South Branch Farms, 6259 Reynolds Mill Road in Seven Valleys.

Equestrians from south-central Pennsylvania and Harford County, Maryland, will show off their horses from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Harford Horse Show Association rated event.

The event is free and open to the public.

From noon to 3 p.m., the country fair will offer interactive kids' games; craft stations, such as wooden pony painting; and stream exploration with a science teacher.

Local artisans will be selling jewelry, lotions and homemade soaps, while a local tack shop will be selling horse equipment. Concessions will be available.

Financial aid: All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund, which provides tuition assistance for low-income families.

"The financial aid program makes our school stronger because qualified students are not turned away because of inability to pay tuition," said Holliway.

Qualified students are those who have "high academics and can make a contribution to the life of the school," she said.

Between 300 and 400 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, said Laura Burkey, director of external affairs.

She said last year's event raised more than $10,000.

"There are a lot of kids who are deserving of an excellent education," Burkey said. "This helps students attain that education."

For more information about the show, call Burkey at 815-6713.