Ride-a-Thon begins as program celebrates 30 years

The 2016 Cowichan Therapeutic Association Riding program Ride-a-Thon is out of the gates.

Horse racing fans, it’s back.

The 2016 Cowichan Therapeutic Association Riding program Ride-a-Thon is out of the gates.

This annual fundraiser will once again pit therapy horse against therapy horse from June 11 to June 17 in a no-holds-barred week-long race to raise the most pledges in support of the program.

Participants will be grouped into teams supporting their horse from the heartwarming program operated out of Providence Farm.

The team to raise the most money will be declared the victorious champions at “Providence Downs”.

Donations can be received through participants, over the phone, or in person at the farm’s office. Contributions can be made in support of an individual, a therapy horse team, or the event in general.

Pledge earners will receive some great prizes for taking part in this year’s event.

All participants will receive a rider’s handbook and “I love Horses” ribbon courtesy of Horse Council BC.

Those who raise more than $35 will receive a special 30th Anniversary edition Ride-a-Thon T-shirt. Gift cards will be provided to those that raise over $200 and special prizes will be awarded to the top three pledge earners.

The top fundraiser will receive the coveted CTRA Ride-a-Thon trophy.

Donations can be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cowichan-therapeutic-riding-association/

The money raised by this event will go toward caring for the CTRA therapy horse herd.

On Saturday, June 18, the CTRA will celebrate 30 years in the Cowichan Valley with a special event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the group’s facility at Providence Farm. On that day, CTRA volunteers will hand out complimentary hot dogs and anniversary cake while providing therapeutic riding and para-dressage demonstrations along with plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

The Ride-a-Thon awards will be presented on the day as well.

It’s a great chance to learn more about the program, meet the staff and horses, and mingle with the participants, families, volunteers, and community partners that make the program possible.