Participants of SDTR’s beach ride a success

May 17, 2014

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Inc.would like to thank all of the dedicated participants and volunteers who attended our 17th Annual Spring Beach Ride & Walk held at Cape Henlopen State Park April 12. 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 50 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 $7,536.

The top fundraiser was Marisa Conti who raised $698, and the second highest was 14-year-old Melissa Stafford who raised $685. Plus, long time SDTR rider, Alex Layton, raised over $300! Congratulations to the top earners and everyone else who raised funds to support SDTR.

All proceeds directly benefit SDTR, which provides equine-assisted activities to adults and children with physical, emotional and mental challenges in Sussex County and nearby communities. 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.

SDTR 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: Hyett Refrigeration, Jake’s Seafood, Phillips Trucking, HeHaul Inc., Deca Corporation, Delmarva Equine, The SEA BOVA Associates Inc.;,Halpern Eye Care, Lazy Susan’s, The McMahon Family, Nancy Fisher and Diane Debus.

Thank you to the following contributors: Casapulla’s for donating the subs; Kids Ketch; Mike DaPonte; Gail and Mike Shaffer; Helen Heim; Gloria and Paul Boyer; Don and Carol Smith; Linda and CR Greene; Kathy Lopez; Barbara Moore; Darlene Workman.

The yummy desserts were thanks to Debbie Layton, Pat Romaine, Joanne Fabiano and Carol Smith.

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

SDTR is truly grateful to Sue Fortier Photography for taking fantastic pictures during the event and placing them on her website for purchase. Plus a special thank you to Sue for donating all proceeds for the beach ride pictures that she sold.

We deeply appreciate all the hard work and dedication from the following volunteers who made this fundraiser possible: Tom Peet, Keith McDonald, Mary Anne Hoopes, Hugh and Hilary Earls, Lorie and Ken Stroup, Debbie Layton, Brody McMahon, Joanne and Vince Fabiano, Donnel Bailey and Sasha Hudson.

SDTR is very appreciative of the riders, walkers, sponsors and volunteers that 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 SDTR to continue improving lives one stride at a time! Thank you and look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Horseback Riding Inc.

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