Chaps Equine ‘Derby’ Saturday

One of the best groups around, CHAPS Equine Therapy, is having their big fundraiser Saturday — Day at the Derby. It’s in the loft at Warehouse 201, in Historic Downtown Sheridan.

The fun begins at 3 p.m. and the public’s invited to come by, enjoy the buffet, the prize giveaways, the auctions, and test one’s luck with the horse racing. The Kentucky Derby will also be broadcast. Why, there’s even a prize for the best Derby attire.

Amber Roberson, who says she’s been around horses “my entire life,” is the new CHAPS director. The facility is located on Highway 14 East. She grew up in Sheridan, graduated from Tongue River High School, Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming where she earned a degree is psychology.

“This organization provides valuable service to its clients and does a lot of good in the Sheridan community,” she told me Thursday morning. In addition to helping children and adults with therapy around horses, the group also works with veterans and Alzheimer’s patients. If anyone would like to know more, give her a call (307-461-0016) and come by and get an application and tour. “It’s a good place to spend a day and decompress,” she adds.

Tickets are available at Kraft Jewelers, Bella Bling and at the door. For more info: www.chapswyo.org.

Sponsors: First Federal Savings Bank, Sheridan Media, Coors Light, GJR Services.

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Q.: Why did the chicken named Jim Morrison cross the road?

A.: To break on through to the other side.

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Which college baseball program has the most-ever wins of an NCAA Division 1 school?

I would have lost a fiver, claiming it was the U. of Texas or USC. ‘Tis not.

It’s Fordham University, in the Bronx, New York.

The Fordham Rams have 4,010 wins; the U. of Texas Longhorns are second with 3,246. Williams College and Amherst College played the first college baseball game on July 1, 1859, using “Massachusetts Rules,” which were more liberal (of course) than today’s rulebook. There were as many as 14 players on the field, no foul territory and teams were allowed one out per half inning. Williams won, 73-32. Fordham played its first game against Williams on Nov. 3, 1859.

Some notable Fordham baseball alumni over the past 150 years include major leaguers like Frankie Frisch, the “Fordham Flash,” who is a member of the game’s Hall of Fame; former New York Yankee Gil McDougald and longtime Dodger broadcaster, Vin Scully, who was an outfielder at Fordham during his college days.

In a game against Yale, Scully competed against former president George H.W. Bush, Yale’s first baseman. (They both were 0 for 3 that day.)

 

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Quotable

“Secrecy is the freedom zealots dream of: no watchman to check the door, no accountant to check the books, no judge to check the law. The secret government has no constitution. The rules it follows are the rules it makes up.”

 

— Bill Moyers, American journalist, author

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