October 24, 2014

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Horse show is big benefit for Medina County Home

Melinda Clutter, right, poses with her 16-year-old daughter, Mackenzie Clutter, who rides 9-year-old Onyx while waiting for her turn in the staging area. The Clutter family puts on an annual horse show every year to benefit the residents of the Medina County Home. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Melinda Clutter, right, poses with her 16-year-old daughter, Mackenzie Clutter, who rides 9-year-old Onyx while waiting for her turn in the staging area. The Clutter family puts on an annual horse show every year to benefit the residents of the Medina County Home. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

An annual horse show to benefit the Medina County Home drew several hundred spectators and competitors to the Medina County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

“We do things for the County Home all year long, and this is our big fundraiser,” said event coordinator Melinda Clutter, of York Township.

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the residents of the home, 6614 Wedgewood Road, so nurses and custodians can provide them with daily living assistance. Residents at the home are low-income adults.

Alexa Mier, 13, poses with 9-year-old Champ before showing her horse at Sunday’s event. Alexa won second place in her age class for showmanship. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Alexa Mier, 13, poses with 9-year-old Champ before showing her horse at Sunday’s event. Alexa won second place in her age class for showmanship. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Clutter said Medina County Kids Care, the organization she represents, began putting on the show more than a decade ago after two of her children suggested their family help the home when it was in danger of closing in 2001.

“My two older kids said, ‘Mom, we’ve got to do something,’ ” she said. “So we decided to help in any way we could, and now we’re in our 13th year.”

She said the event — which serves as a season kickoff for many of the competitors — gains a lot of support from the community, including donors and many volunteers from various organizations.

The money raised goes to fund events at the home, such as Super Bowl and holiday parties, and to provide gifts and personal items to residents to lift their spirits and make their lives a little easier.

Joyce Giles, superintendent of the County Home, said Clutter is one of the home’s greatest supporters.

“She and her family do so much,” she said. “We’re lucky to have them.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.