Following the flooding in Winfield and Foley, support has poured into the communities as they start the rebuilding process. Assistance has come from across the nation from the Red Cross, local churches and anyone that was willing and able to give back to the victims of the Mississippi River. This past Saturday, two local horse barns, Willowbrooke Farms and 360 Equine Solutions of O’Fallon, hosted a free event to raise money for those affected by the flooding. 

“We thought, ‘what could we do to help?’” Kat Metzger said. Metzger works with 360 Equine Solutions, a barn that is focused on creating a well rounded partnership between horse and rider. Willowbrooke Farms is a full-care boarding and training facility that offers everything from lessons to clinics. 

The businesses came together and hosted a day full of face painting and crafts for kids of all ages. The event also offered horse riding, grooming and care that kids in the area that are not normally exposed to the equine industry. 

They were able to learn about horses from a first-hand experience. The fundraiser was free and open to the public. 

“We just asked that donations were brought to help with the relief efforts,” Metzger said. Over two-hundred people attended the event. 

“The barn was packed, we were so thankful for the support,” Metzger said. The results from the event were overwhelming, they were able to donate supplies and money to the Winfield/Foley Fire Protection District to distribute throughout the community. 

“We wanted to help so we did what we could with our business,” Metzger said. 

As disaster relief efforts continue, help from all over is welcome with open arms as citizens in Winfield and Foley start to rebuild their lives.

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