Giddyup Gala will be dedicated to Chris Feves

Forward Stride is proud to announce that this year’s Giddyup Gala will be dedicated to the extraordinary Chris Feves. Chris was a pillar in the horse world and a cornerstone of the Forward Stride community. Her contributions and impact were immeasurable, and we are honored to celebrate her legacy at our annual gala.

Chris always championed Forward Stride’s mission in her role as a board member, mentor, and donor. Chris’s passion for those in need, whether horse or human, was not limited to Forward Stride.

As a close friend shared, “Chris was one of the first to make a phone call offering help when a friend in the equine community was diagnosed with breast cancer. When a ‘help us help them’ campaign was started to provide feed for starving horses, she was the first to respond. She and her husband Mike were always generous (and often anonymous) donors for any equine-oriented charity group. In fact, if there was a
horse or human in need, Chris was the one person I knew would always be there to help.”

Despite facing her own health challenges which would not allow her to be physically present, Chris’s dedication to her equine community never wavered. She continued to support local horses and riders, organize clinics she couldn’t attend, and watch competitions from afar. Her unwavering support persisted until her final days, leaving a lasting mark on all who knew her.

Many in our community may not have had the chance to meet Chris, but her legacy and influence resonate deeply within Forward Stride and the broader horse community. We are privileged to honor her memory at this year’s Giddyup Gala.

In memory of Chris, Forward Stride is establishing the Chris Feves Memorial Financial Assistance Fund. This fund will provide financial assistance to individuals at Forward Stride, ensuring that her spirit of generosity continues to help those in need. Even if you cannot attend the Gala, you are welcome to donate to the fund in memory of Chris.

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