ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — Riding with HEART is an equine assisted therapeutic riding center in Hunterdon County, N.J. A donor is willing to match $100,000 to help the organization build an indoor arena so lessons can go one rain or shine.
Riding with HEART — Hunterdon Equine Assisted Recreation and Therapy is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center that provides a safe, progressive, therapeutic environment to persons that may be physically, emotionally or developmentally challenged.
The program currently runs from April to November, but even during those months, inclement weather causes lessons to be canceled. However, some lessons also have to be canceled due to riders' sensitivities or medical restrictions including, but not limited to, excessive heat and medications that cause light sensitivity. These cancellations can be very disruptive to our riders emotionally, (who look forward to spending time with "their horses" all week) but are also a detriment to our riders who receive occupational therapy in the Hippotherapy Program and require consistent lessons.
The program continues to grow to include veterans, first responders, and their families, so Riding With Heart will need an indoor space to insure the consistency and comfort for all of all riders and horses.
A donor has already contributed $125,000 but has set a goal of $275,000 on a GoFundMe page.
See https://www.gofundme.com/help-us-build-an-indoor to donate.
More information about Riding With Heart see www.ridingwithheart.org.
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