Charity helping restore sight to Mid-Southerners

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mississippi charity is saddling up to help restore sight to thousands of Mid-Southerners.

For more than 40 years, the Hernando Lions club has hosted one of the region's top horse shows, drawing people from all over the region.
"The people who practice it really love it. It has a very old tradition - hundreds of years old. Not a lot of places where you can compete," event spokesperson Whitney Rives said.

The Walking Horse Classic is a fan favorite, drawing between nearly 500 spectators. Organizers said there will be nearly 300 horses competing in 26 different classes. The event is the main fundraiser for the Hernando Lions Club, which donates every penny to area charities.

The organization's primary mission internationally is to help the hearing impaired and those with visual issues. They donated a 'sight' machine to the local library last year.

Current club president Leslie Bierman thinks everyone should join a civic organization. She said it teaches life's lessons about giving back to others.

"I think that's the only way you can pass it down from generation to generation. That's what my dad has done for me and that's why its kind of special to be a part of it," Bierman said.

The event begins at 6:30 pm and takes place at the Hernando Saddle Club arena. General admission is only $5.00.

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