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Purple Pitchfork Awarded by Ranger Foundation

Purple Pitchfork Awarded by Ranger Foundation

Chante Kline of Sharpsburg was awarded The Ranger Foundation's 2006 Purple Pitchfork of Honor at Nutter's Ice Cream in Sharpsburg on Tuesday, April 4. This 4th annual award goes to the volunteer who has braved the winter weather for the most number of hours to help care for the retired horses owned by the Ranger Foundation at Greenbriar Farm in Keedysville, MD.
The Ranger Foundation, incorporated in 2001, is a non-profit retirement home for horses that have served people in the military, police or at therapeutic riding facilities.
This year's recipient of the Purple Pitchfork, also known as the Rosy Cheeks Award, received the special fork with a brass plate stating, "with gratitude to Chante". She also was given a framed photograph of her favorite horse, Ebby. Mrs. Kline's daughter Cecea was the hardest working youngster throughout the winter and she received a Ranger T-shirt and a horse puppet.
The award is given on the first Tuesday of April each year to thank volunteers for their help in caring for the horses. "Nutter's Ice Cream store always seemed the appropriate place for this award," said Ranger President, Ann Corcoran.
Purple Pitchforks from the previous years are retired to a special wall in the tack room. Previous winners were Diana Mullendore, Lynn DiCarlo, and Chesley Simmons.

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