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Caped Crusader

Each month, Central Penn Parent features a child who is doing great things. They pitch in to make a difference in their schools, places of worship and throughout their communities. They are a blessing to those around them—yet their efforts often go unrecognized. We want to thank them for a job well done! Each child receives a cape and a prize package from our sponsors.

When McKenzie Smith sets her sights on something, she doesn’t horse around.

OK, maybe she does.

McKenzie, 18, and a senior at Millersburg Area High School, has been volunteering in the Wrangler in Training program at Camp Hebron for the last three years.

She feeds and grooms many of the camp’s 22 horses and has fallen in love with most of them, as well as with the many equestrian programs the camp offers.

So when the camp began a Build The Barn campaign to raise money for a new barn, McKenzie knew she had to help.

She hosted a Breyer® model horse show to benefit the campaign.

Breyer® models are built on a 1:9 scale and created by equine artists that cast them in a copper and steel mold and hand paint them to capture the detail of the horse it’s modeled after.

The show consisted of three divisions: Performance, Original Finish Halter and Custom Halter. She had 26 people entered in the show, some from as far away as Erie and Maryland.

Her model show raised $1,160 for the Build the Barn program. “Many thanks to McKenzie for utilizing her gifts and giving back to camp in this tremendous way,” said Tammy Briggs, communications director at Camp Hebron. “We were so impressed with McKenzie who continues to give of her time to the camp as well as keep up with her schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.”

“I help out here, it’s nice to give back,” McKenzie said with a grin.

She said although she was never afraid of horses, she got involved with them just four or five years ago through a church friend who was involved in 4-H. She recently purchased her own horse, Max, a Standardbred. “He is an ex-Amish buggy horse. He’s 18. We were born the same year,” McKenzie explained.

Aisde from volunteering with Camp Hebron's Build the Barn program and Wrangler in Training for many years, McKenzie volunteers with the Tour de Millersburg and is a member of the National Honor Society, swim team and band. She was accepted at Delaware Valley College and hopes to major in equine studies with the hopes of being an instructor.

Andrea Ciccocioppo is editor of Central Penn Parent and really wanted to take home Seth the horse after her interview at Camp Hebron.

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