MCGREGOR (April 24, 2013)--More than 180 people attended the horses for healing benefit to raise money for Riding Equines To Achieve Confidence and Health (REACH) Therapeutic Riding Center Monday.
The therapeutic riding center serves as therapy through various programs to children and adults suffering from either physical, cognitive, or some mental disabilities.
REACH is a non-profit corporation whose money comes mainly from contributions.
“Less than 35% of our budget comes from fees we collect directly from the riders,” Executive Director Larry Barnett said. “In order for REACH to grow and provide this service to more Central Texans, we are continually challenged to find ways to raise money.”
The horses for healing benefit Monday night raised $46,000 and is still raising money through a silent auction, Operations Director Kimberly Hernandez said.
The center currently has 45 riders including some with autism, physical disabilities, and veterans suffering from PTSD.
“The walking movement of the horse is very similar to the walking gait of a human, providing muscular and mental stimulation to someone who may have difficulty processing normal stimuli,” Program Director Barbara Epps explained.
Money raised from the benefit will allow the center to continue their mission and support their riders by continuing to offer scholarships to people in need of financial assistance.
REACH is opened five days a week Tuesday-Saturday and offers 6-8 therapeutic sessions daily.
For more information about REACH call (254) 848-7888.