To give you some ideas to increase the impact of your event, here are some helpful tips and suggestions from some of our most successful coordinators:
- Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to add your event date to community calendars in your area.
- Include information about your event in an upcoming newsletter or send out an e-mail explaining the event to your group.
- Place information on a bulletin board or in a common place in your stable.
- Pre-register participants to take part in the event and encourage them to begin collecting donations for their participation.
- Collect contact information, including e-mail addresses, from all of your participants so you can remind them three to five days before the event and thank them after the event.
- Reach out to other horseback riding clubs and horse enthusiasts and ask them to take part in your event.
- Help increase your event's donations by asking for help from within your community. Many coordinators appeal to local businesses for monetary, prize and food donations.
- Add side events to help enhance participation and raise additional funds. Some great examples are barbecues, picnics and dinners where attendees are charged by the plate.
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