Sunday, September 14, 2008

Friends in Need: Ribbons for Linda

Linda Best in healthier times, showing one of her Miniature Horses.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl with a big heart and some big plans to help her friend. And it worked.

Today was a special day. A little girl named Michaela put on a horse show today, with some help from a lot of bigger people. She wanted to help the woman who got her involved in showing. And she knew the woman needed her help.

The horse world turned out today to help Linda Best, a farrier from New Hampshire who is battling pancreatic cancer without the benefit of insurance. Linda is also trying to keep up her half of the shoeing business that she runs with her husband, Paul. She's also trying to run her farm. She's also trying to home-school her children. Do you get the picture?

But today, she was the guest of honor at a horse show to raise funds for her healthcare. All planned by a little girl who believes that Linda needs and deserves help.

The horse world responded in a big way. The show was helped with a lot of free publicity from the local media, and a lot of sympathy and affection for Linda.

If you'd like to help Linda, you can read about the horse show here.

There is a PayPal donation button at the bottom of that page if you want to forward a donation electronically to Linda's fund at the bank.

You could also send a check to:
Ribbons for Linda Best
c/o Kennebunk Savings Bank
P.O. Box 1880
Ogunquit, ME 03907

UPDATE: A fund-raising auction to benefit Linda will be held this Saturday at the open house at Horseshoes Plus farrier supply company in Barrington, New Hampshire. Farriers have made and donated hand-crafted artwork for the auction. Call 800-382-5434 for details.

Linda has been shoeing horses around here and in New Hampshire since she was 19 years old. She and Paul first subscribed to Hoofcare and Lameness in 1987. They have a unique business, since both of them are farriers. I am sure that Linda hasn't asked for this help, and no one asked me to ask you to help.

Sometimes, you just know what to do. I hope you will, too.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping our Friend Linda. Linda came into my life a few years ago. She then learned that I was looking for a horse and asked me if I would like to purchase Patches...she knew that I loved him from the first time I saw him. He now lives with me and will always be here. Linda still comes and trims him along with Millie for me with the help of Paul. Helping Makayla to put on this show for Linda was the least I could do. I was the announcer for the show and enjoyed every miniute of it and will do it again in a heartbeat. She is my dear friend and I love her and her family.


Anonymous said...

It was my pleasure and joy to help the other committee members in putting on this wonderful show for such a wonderful friend and loving family.

Thank you everyone for making Makayla's dream of helping out a fellow horse person and a dream friend to her family.


Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for posting this and helping to spread the word. Linda and her family are wonderful people and can really use everyone's help no matter how big or small.

My daughter is Makayla and I am very proud of her all all the adults who helped pitch in. Everyone had a wonderful time at the show. It was the perfect day!