It was an opportunity to support a fabulous cause while having fun.


The Memory Ride Hunter Show at Three Runs Plantation on Sunday was a fun, casual affair featuring a number of classes with the proceeds of the event going to benefit the Alzheimer's Association South Carolina Chapter.


In 2011, the event raised $7,000, and this year's goal was to raise $10,000. A check will be presented from the proceeds raised from the Memory Ride at this year's Aiken Memory Walk on Oct. 13 at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.


Aiken Ladies Aside member Amber Asbell-Jackson participated in several classes including the side saddle and costume, and the Memory Ride took on special significance for the horseman as a close family member was recently diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. Asbell rode her 7-year-old breeding stock paint, and has been riding him side saddle for nearly a year.


“Events like this aren't stressful, they're relaxed, and you can come out and have fun,” said Asbell-Jackson, who made the event a family affair as her daughter Karma, who turned four on Saturday, also participated. Karma has a custom saddle by Smoky Everhart, a custom breast plate, and participated in the lead line side saddle class.


“She's been riding since she was 18-months-old,” said Asbell-Jackson.


A number of sponsors were also at the Memory Ride, and wanted to meet the horsemen, their families and the spectators who came to take part in the event.


“There are so many equestrians who have families or parents that they need to take care of,” said Joanne Hambrook, with ResCare. “When someone in their life has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we have care givers that we send into the home to take care of those folks. Families can work and actually spend quality time with their loved ones.”


The object of the Memory Ride was to give back by raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association S.C. Chapter, said Megan Timmerman.


“It's to support a fabulous cause,” said Timmerman. “A fabulous woman Lynn Kramp worked for almost an entire year to put it on. It's a great place to come to school the ponies and have a great time.”