August, 2012 – CEOs Liliane Stransky of Step by Step and Kyle Fenner of The Colorado Horse Park joined forces during the Summer in the Rockies horse show series to raise funds for the victims of the Waldo Canyon fire and charity helping, Colorado Springs Together. The event, held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO before the final $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix, raised thousands for the displaced families in the community and their animals. In addition Stransky also introduced the Step by Step’s School in Backpack campaign, an online initiative which raised funds to buy supplies for students in the area before they go back to classes in the fall. This online outreach drew donations from around the country and, thanks to the success of both the Facebook and online promo, Stransky was able to purchase hundreds and hundreds of backpacks filled with much needed supplies which she and her staff sent out from the charity’s headquarters in Florida this week.
Not to be outdone, the juniors kept the ribbons coming in. After putting in fast and flawless trips during the final $10,000 NAL Low Jr. Jumper/A-O Classic, it was Liliane’s daughter Daniela who took the blue ribbon and top prize aboard her gray mare Starlight with Spencer Brittan, riding Wonderful Look, taking the second place slot. His sister Kelsie took home the tri-colored championship in the Children’s Hunters on Bravado, and also rode her jumper Split Second, a Dutch Warmblood gelding who lost an eye recently to glaucoma, in the Children’s Jumpers. In the Juniors, her brother Jackson took the $500 first place in week IV’s Junior/A-O Jumper class aboard Brooke Van de Zuuthoeve while Jose F. Bonetti added additional funds to the pot by piloting his new gelding Umare to solid ribbons in each class. For two of the talented team Step by Step teens, the horse show had another highlight; both Daniela Stransky and Jackson Brittan made their Grand Prix debut at the Colorado Horse Park.