Five of the horses who work with the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association. (Contributed)

Therapeutic riding association main event raises $11,000

Open Benefit Show in Maple Ridge benefits therapeutic riding program.

The North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association hosted a yearly competition that all its participants look forward to, and serves as the club’s main fundraiser for the year.

The Open Benefit Show was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre.

“This show serves as the biggest annual fundraiser for NFTRA, supporting our therapeutic riding program,” said spokesperson Emily Felgnar. “It is also unique in that it provides riders with disabilities the chance to be integrated into a typical horse show event.”

“They practice all year, leading up to this.”

READ ALSO: ‘Comfort through animals.’

There were 46 riders, including 11 from the association. They competed on a unique obstacle course, in a test of horsemanship called equitation, and in dressage.

The event raised $11,000 for the Maple Ridge-based not-for-profit association. It aims to enrich the lives of children and adults with physical, mental, emotional or social challenges through therapeutic equine programming.

It has operated in the city for more than 40 years, serving people from West Vancouver to Mission.

It has an annual operating budget of $330,000

There are numerous local sponsors who make the event happen: the provincial Gaming Commission; the Stewart Family Foundation, which contributed $2,500; Tilly Muller, who offers $1,000; and $500 sponsors Karen Bergen, Gezine Doorman and Eagle Ridge Animal Hospital.


 


ncorbett@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Rescuers battle fog, wind, rain on stormy Maple Ridge mountain

Four hikers rescued Sunday in Golden Ears park

MacDuff’s Call: A fond memory, of an old-school teacher

A new year starts in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Flames lose first game of new season

Maple Ridge junior Bs host White Rock Whalers Friday night

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Safety concerns resurface after fatal bus crash on Vancouver Island

Huu-ay-aht First Nations wants a safe route between Bamfield and Port Alberni

National weather forecasters predict average fall, cold winter

The Weather Network says precipitation will about average in most parts of Canada

Two dead, two in critical condition in highway crash near Campbell River

Highway 19 reopened Sunday night after it was closed in both directions

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Surrey

Investigators were asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward

Most Read