SDTRHR annual ride a success

May 31, 2013

Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding, Inc. would like to thank all of the dedicated participants and volunteers who attended our 16th Annual Spring Beach Ride & Walk held at Cape Henlopen State Park April 6. Mother nature provided a beautiful spring day for many old and new friends to enjoy a fun day at the beach in support of the program!

There were 81 devoted horseback riders and walkers from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey who made this a very successful fundraiser. The grand total raised was over $10,000. The top fundraiser was Marisa Conti who raised $755 and the second highest was 13-year-old Melissa Stafford who raised $703. Congratulations to both of you and everyone who raised funds to support SDTRHR!

All proceeds directly benefit SDTRHR, which provides equine-assisted activities to adults and children with physical, emotional and mental needs in Sussex County. The money raised from this year’s ride will go toward horse care for the program’s four-legged therapists and rider scholarships, which enable riders to participate regardless of financial ability.

SDTRHR would like to give a special thank you to the following sponsors, contributors and volunteers - we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to the following sponsors: Rehoboth Walmart, PNC, Hyett Refrigeration, Jake’s Seafood, Phillips Trucking, HeHaul Inc., Savannah Animal Hospital, Realtor Skip Faust, Deca Corporation and Delmarva Equine.

Thank you to the following contributors: Capriotti’s of Lewes, Pepsi of Salisbury, Big Fish Grill, Primo Hoagies, Pig & Fish Restaurant Company, Helen Heim, Gloria and Paul Boyer, Don and Carol Smith, Linda and CR Greene and Kathy Lopez.

Thank you to Mike Toohey, Tony Rodriguez and Mike Miller for the delicious hoagies! You guys are wonderful! A big thanks to Katie, Jody and Paul Boyer plus Katie Klabe for the fantastic sandwiches! The yummy desserts were thanks to Debbie Layton, Pat Romaine, Keith McDonald, Brenda Kerber, Mary Ellen Lonergan, Carol Smith and Donnel Bailey.

A huge thank you to Logomotive Printing for a great job on our commemorative t-shirts! We loved them!

SDTRHR is truly grateful to Sue Fortier Photography, along with invaluable volunteers who took fantastic pictures during the event and worked hard to print them out for everyone to purchase. Many thanks to Sue Fortier and Kristen Slusser for the numerous pictures you took and printed out. Plus a special thank you to Sue for donating all proceeds for the beach ride pictures sold on-line on her website.

We deeply appreciate all the hard work and dedication from the following volunteers who made this fundraiser possible: Mary Anne Hoopes, Jennifer Swingle, Bob Harman, Hugh and Hilary Earls, Donnel Bailey, Sasha Hudson, Lisa Parker, Brenda Kerber, Keith McDonald, Mike Toohey, Pat and Buddy Romaine, Brian and Kevin Lonergan, Tonia VonRitchie, Bob and Sarah Ritter, Debbie, Emma and Charlie O’Donnell, Tony Rodriguez, Justin Zeh, Amanda, Jody Boyer and Jessica Woolsey.

SDTRHR is very appreciative of the riders, walkers, sponsors and volunteers who continue to support this spring fundraiser year after year. We would also like to thank Cape Henlopen State Park for the continued use of the beautiful landscape and facility for this fundraiser. Your on going support enables SDTRHR to continue improving lives one stride at a time! Thank you and look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding Inc.

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