CRIDERSVILLE — Fundraisers, like Saturday’s 27th annual Ride-A-Thon for the Equestrian Therapy Program at the Fassett Farm, 22532 Bowsher Road, Cridersville, are critical for the programming to continue.
“It’s very important because it helps us to really defer the cost for our riders and it’s very helpful because it’s one of our few fundraisers we have every year. This is one of our major ones,” said Michele Andrews-Sabol, executive director of the Equestrian Therapy Program.
By riding horses, people with disabilities can benefit from the activity.
“The horse has a multi-dimensional walk in it creates over 150 movements and every step the horse takes it moves so many muscles in your body. It creates a very strong core plus it gives them a really great feeling,” Sabol said.
They’re hoping to raise $60,000 through the event.
Much of the money is brought in by the riders themselves.
“Our riders go out in the community and get pledges and then they come to the farm that day and fulfill their pledge by riding and they’ve got a little obstacle course they do,” Sabol said.
The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and includes activities and games for the kids.
“We’re going to have pumpkin painting and face painting and weather provided will have a hay wagon ride where they’re going to go through the trails,” Sabol said.
They will also hold a Chinese auction which will be drawn at 2 p.m.
“So they buy tickets and you put your tickets in the bag of the items you liked the most and then we draw the ticket and hopefully they win the item,” Sabol said.
Their silent auction can also be accessed online at https://bit.ly/3iRWqav and you don’t have to be present to bid or win.
“The silent auction has a lot of really nice things on it. We’ve got a great grill and meat package that goes with the grill, some beautiful fall baskets, lots of activities, lots of Taste of Lima baskets and lottery tickets,” Sabol said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.