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Shelbvyille teen rides horses to raise funds for terminally ill children

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Jordan Isgrigg, 14, has a passion for riding horses and helping sick children. Jordan Isgrigg, 14, has a passion for riding horses and helping sick children.
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentuckiana teenager has turned her passion for riding horses into thousands of dollars for terminally ill children.

Jordan Isgrigg, 14, has a passion for riding horses and helping sick children. She's able to combine the two by getting people to donate money every time she competes.

Jordan is considered a talented equestrian. It is a sport she fell in love with at an early age, but it's not her only passion.

"I've always wanted to try to help out others and just when this opportunity came up. I knew I wanted to be a part of it," she said.

Four years ago, Jordan joined Ribbons of Service. It is a program designed to encourage and challenge young riders who participate in horse show competitions in order to raise funds for charitable organizations. And once that door opened, you could say Jordan hit the ground at full gallop.

"Over my past 4 years of doing this, I've raised over $40,000," said Jordan.

All of the money Jordan raises goes to St. Jude Hospital. It is mainly used to help terminally ill children.

"So they do treat terminally ill kids, but they also have a big research program there so they do a lot of research that helps find cures for childhood illnesses," said Nita Isgrigg, Jordan's mother.

Nita Isgrigg says the young saddlebred rider has a lot of compassion and is passionate about helping sick children.

"When she sees the sick children or when we're on a mission trip to South America, and she works with the kids that are under privileged, then it really helps her learn compassion," said Nita Isgrigg.

Jordan trains at Infinity Stables in Shelbyville, under the watchful eyes of owners Jimmy and Helen Robertsonn -- and she has won dozens of awards.

"She competes 20 to 25 times a year and she usually does very well," her mother said.

But the Ribbons of Service program ranks higher than any blue ribbon.

"This one is not just about showing, but it's about so much more and it's about helping others but it makes it even more special," Nita said.

That's why before and after competitions, Jordan is not shy about asking for donations.

"Family and friends, church members and then the saddlebred community themselves," said Nita Isgrigg.

"I just like helping others, and just making it being able to where I can do it through my riding, that just makes it so much better," said Jordan.

Jordan says her goal is to raise at least $100,000 by the time she graduates from high school. That means she's got several years and about $60,000.00 to go.

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