HOLLIDAYSBURG - The fifth annual Lehman Engineers Horse Trail Ride will be held Sunday at Canoe Creek State Park to benefit Dreams Go On, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding organization
Dreams Go On provides therapeutic horseback riding sessions for adults and children who are physically challenged or receive mental health, behavioral health or family therapy services.
Horseback riders are invited to "Ride with Joe," Joe Murgo, WTAJ's chief meteorologist and trail ride celebrity host rider and master of ceremonies.
Preparing for the 2011 Lehman Engineers Horse Trail Ride to benefit Dreams Go On are include (from left, holding banner) Chuck Meyers, project engineer, Lehman Engineers; Karen Strayer, lead therapeutic horseback riding instructor; Deb Wentz, board member; Karen Crawford; Brenda Fix, treasurer/board member; Debbie Kelly, program manager; Sue Lehman, president; and Jeff Kennedy, assistant instructor; (from left, on horses): Joe Murgo, trail ride celebrity rider and master of ceremonies, and Jeff Kennedy Jr., trail ride ambassador. Committee members absent from the photo are Jill McMillan, Vallery Johnson, Vicky Buda, Colin Scott, Shannan Kelly, Linda Ronan, and Betsy Lehman.
Riders can also meet Jeff Kennedy Jr., the 2011 Dreams Go On Trail Ride Ambassador.
In order to participate, area horseback riders should register at www.DreamsGoOn.com or mail a registration to Dreams Go On Trail Ride, 315 Quince Court, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
Event brochures can also be found at many area businesses and at Canoe Creek State Park. There is no registration fee to participate in the event. Riders are encouraged to register online prior to the event and collect pledges to donate to Dreams Go On.
Trophies are awarded for the top fundraising individual and top fundraising team. A free T-shirt will be given to the first 50 registered riders, and all riders receive a free barbecue chicken lunch, compliments of Imler's Poultry, Hoss's Steak and Sea House, DelGrosso's, Sheetz, The Olive Garden, Roaring Spring Water and Blair County Beverage.
The chicken barbecue will be prepared by Julie and Tim Kopp of Hollidaysburg.
Registration on the day of the event is at 8 a.m. The ride begins at 9 a.m.
The Bridle Trail loops around the park and will be between a 3.5- to 4-hour trail ride. The trail will be groomed through the state park, and an instructor from Dreams Go On will lead and guide the trail riders. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in Pavilion No. 2 for the registered participants and Dreams Go On riders and their families. Riders are encouraged to enjoy continuing to ride at Canoe Creek after the lunch.
Registered horse trail riders may participate in the silent auction being held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The silent auction features great items from area businesses. Donated items are still being accepted for the silent auction. Registered riders are welcome to participate in the auction.
The children and adults who ride in the Dreams Go On therapeutic program and their parents or guardians will also be invited to participate in children's activities including face painting and crafts starting at starting at 11 a.m. and are invited to the luncheon.
The event is on rain or shine. Riders must provide their own horse. Riding horse rentals are not available at Canoe Creek State Park. No dogs or stallions are permitted in event area.
Dreams Go On appreciates the support of the following sponsors: P. Joseph Lehman Inc., Holliday Real Estate LLC, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, Congressman and Mrs. Bill Shuster, Rep. Dick Hess, Sheetz, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc., Bill Wertz & Sons, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dr. Joan Bartolotta, The RADD Development Co., American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc., S&T Bank, Comfort Inn of Altoona, Homewood, A&A Insurance, Imler's Poultry, Hoss's Steak and Sea House, DelGrosso's, Sheetz, The Olive Garden, Roaring Spring Water, Blair County Beverage, Seltzer Financial Strategies, St. Francis University, Investment Savings Bank, Altoona Curve Baseball, Stuckey Ford Subaru, Moses and Associates, P.C., Phoenicia Mediterranean Restaurant, McLanahan Corp., Evey Black Attorneys, C.T.R. Supply Inc., Core Physical Therapy, Drenning Leasing Co., Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy, Urban & Blattenberger, P.C., Burgmeier Hauling, Wix Pix Productions, Cesare Batisti and Core Physical Therapy & Performance Training.
Volunteers are needed to assist with this event and with therapeutic horseback rides.