Horse trail ride, walk to benefit Dreams Go On

Courtesy photo Preparing for the 2018 Lehman Engineers Horse Trail Ride and Trail Walk to benefit Dreams Go On are (from left): Joe Lehman Jr., Vallery Johnson, Ashley O’Neil, Joe Basil, Allan Derr, Annette Lehman, 2018 Dreams Go On Ambassador Carson Frank riding Star, Karen Kurtz, Denise Lear, Joe Murgo (WTAJ chief meteorologist and trail ride celebrity host and walker) Nancy Baker, Diane Jones, Debbie Kelly and Betsy Lehman.

Lehman Engineers to host 12th annual event Sept. 30

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The 12th annual Lehman Engineers Horse Trail Ride and Trail Walk to benefit Dreams Go On will take place Sept. 30 at Canoe Creek State Park.

Dreams Go On, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding organization, provides therapeutic horseback riding sessions to children and young adults in Blair County.

This event brings horse and trail enthusiasts together for a great cause.

For the horse trail ride, the Bridle Trail loops around the park and will be a 2- to 2.5-hour trail ride.

Two choices for the Trail Walk are available. Registrants may choose the Limestone Trail (1.2 miles) near the kilns with a view of a scenic stream, or Lakeview, which is a half-mile handicap-accessible loop (a portion of the loop is crushed limestone) that can be repeated for 1 to 5 miles while enjoying the view of Canoe Lake.

Joe Lehman Jr., president of P. Joseph Lehman Inc. Consulting Engineers, said, “Dreams Go On provides a special service in our area for many children and young adults. We are proud to support this event for the 12th consecutive year as the Title Sponsor and help a program that gives so much back to the riders and their families.”

Event brochures can be found at P. Joseph Lehman Inc. Consulting Engineers, Canoe Creek State Park and many area businesses.

The public is invited to register to participate in the event. All trail riders and trail walkers are encouraged to preregister at collect pledges to donate to Dreams Go On.

Participants also may register by calling 695-7500 or by mailing a completed registration form from the online brochure or website to: Dreams Go On Trail Ride, 311 Heather Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.

Corporate and family teams are encouraged. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the event. The registration fee of $15 is waived for participants raising $50 or more. The event will be held rain or shine. Horseback riders must provide their own horses.

Registration and check-in on the day of the event is at 9 a.m. for horse trail riders at the horse trailer parking area and at 9:30 a.m. for trail walkers near Pavilion No. 2. The horse trail ride begins at 10 a.m., and the trail walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

The top fundraising team will receive a pizza party at Best Way Pizza in Duncansville, gift cards from Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash All-Day Ride Passes. The top three fundraising individuals will receive a Hoss’s gift card (first place: $50, second place: $30, and $20, third place), a DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Laguna Splash All-Day Pass, and a large square pie from Best Way Pizza.

A free T-shirt will be given to registered horse trail riders and trail walkers, and all registered participants are invited to a free barbecue chicken lunch, thanks to the continued generosity of Imler’s Poultry, Duncansville. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in Pavilion No. 2 and includes additional accompaniments from Imler’s Poultry, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Blair County Bever-age, and Roaring Spring Water. Homemade cookies will generously be provided thanks to Ruth Keller.

Horseback riders will be guided by Karen Kurtz, lead therapeutic horseback riding instructor at Dreams Go On, and trail walkers are invited to “Walk with Joe” as Joe Murgo, WTAJ’s chief meteorologist, will once again be the master of ceremonies and lead the trail walk.

Riders and walkers can also meet 14-year-old Carson Frank, the 2018 Dreams Go On Ambassador. Carson has been riding horses with Dreams Go On for many years. His supportive family encourages his success, and he is working on riding independently.

His mother, Laura Swartz Frank, said, “We have thoroughly enjoyed as a family watching Carson’s growth riding with Dreams Go On over the years. It’s provided him simple joy, taught him better patience and given him increased confidence in life. We are forever grateful to the organization and all the volunteers.”

A special craft area with face painting will be available for young participants and Dreams Go On riders and their families. All are encouraged to take a picnic blanket and enjoy Canoe Creek State Park after lunch.

Other activities registrants may participate in include a silent auction and amenities at the state park. The silent auction will close at 1:45 p.m. and will feature gift cards, baskets and gifts from area businesses.

Businesses and organizations can still support the event by donating an item or gift card for the silent auction. Interested parties should contact Ashley O’Neil or Denise Lear at 695-7500 or or

Dreams Go On and event co-chairs and Title Sponsor representatives from Lehman Engineers, Betsy Lehman and Vallery Johnson, appreciate the support of the many event sponsors.

Barn Sponsors include The DeGol Organization, Holliday Real Estate and Imler’s Poultry.

The Horseshoe Sponsor is Smith Transport.

Stirrup Sponsors include Hoss’s Steak and Sea House; HealthSouth; Reliance Bank; DelGrosso’s Amusement Park; and Young, Oakes, and Brown & Company.

Mane Sponsors include Blair Companies; Arrow Land Solutions; NPC; Saint Francis University; Sheetz; Urban & Blattenberger, PC; French Engineering, LLC; Edgar Snyder & Associates; RADD Development; Kiwanis Club of Altoona; 1st Summit Bank; Seltzer Financial Strategies; Ward Transport & Logistics Corp; Link Computer Corporation; The Allegheny Club of Hollidaysburg; Homewood at Martinsburg; S&T Bank; Gwin, Dobson & Foreman Inc.; Harcon Group; Grove Miller Engineering; Roaring Spring Water; Best Way Pizza of Duncansville and Hollidaysburg; Carol Myers Confidential Insurance Consulting; The Hite Family; Stuckey Ford and Subaru; Comfort Inn Altoona/Comfort Suites Altoona; Altoona First Savings Bank; St. Michael The Archangel Parish; Structural Fiberglass; Juniata Troutfitters; Prime Design Solutions, The Press Box; and UPMC Altoona.

Other supporters include: Cesare Battisti; American Geotechnical & Environmental Services; Doctors of Optometry, Drs. Centar, Imler, Gjurich and Caldwell; Investment Savings Bank; CBT Bank; Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.; Buccinese Society; Burgmeier’s Hauling Inc.; A&A Insurance; Bill Wertz & Sons Inc.; Top 10 Salon; Structural Fiberglass; Empower Business Solutions; Cresson American Legion; Baechle & Associates Architects; Wix Pix Productions; E.B. Endres Millwork & Cabinetry; and Ritchey’s Dairy Inc.

Volunteers are needed to assist with this event and therapeutic horseback rides. Contact Deb Kelly at and visit for more information.