Acceptional Riders Ride-A-Thon going ahead

Members of the Acceptional Riders program at TJ Stables parade in this file photo.

TJ Stables will host its annual Acceptional Riders Ride-A-Thon on Oct. 18.

“It’s for anyone that wants to collect pledges, just like a lot of the other walk-a-thons or marathons,” Terry Jenkins, owner of TJ Stables, said.

All proceeds will go to the Acceptional Riders, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with disabilities.

Approximately 130 kids used the program every week before the lockdown.  One-on-one sessions are now being offered because the riders fall into a high-risk COVID-19 group, causing expenses for Jenkins to rise again.

“So we’ll have to see how we can get the number higher there. It’s a learning curve every week, but I’m just punching in the numbers to see which horses I can continue to feed.”

Generally the ride-a-thon raises approximately $10,000 for the charitable program.

People wishing to participate can call the TJ Stables office at (519) 354-7517, and will be e-mailed a pledge sheet. The stables can take around eight to 10 people at once, depending on the age group, and spots will have to be booked in advance.


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