Therapy program completes campaign

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WINDHAM – Riding To The Top, northern New England’s largest therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with physical, emotional and/or learning disabilities, has completed its $1.6 million capital campaign for expanded services.

The campaign went over its goal, raising a total of $1,636,270 with more than 2,000 donations from individuals, foundations and businesses from 34 states and seven foreign countries.

The program was awarded an $180,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich., in January 2006, and volunteers have worked to succeed in meeting that challenge by Jan. 1, 2007.

The campaign has enabled the organization to more than double its programming, improve fencing and pastureland, create an endowment and complete the construction of a handicapped accessible program and office wing attached to its heated indoor arena. Construction on the new wing will begin in April.

The capital campaign was co-chaired by Michael Fralich of New Gloucester and Marianne McGettigan of Freeport.

Riding To The Top annually serves 250 children and adults with disabilities from more than 45 towns in Maine at its Windham farm and at its satellite site at Pineland Farms Equestrian Center.

The program receives help from hundreds of community adult and youth volunteers who provide more than 6,000 hours of assistance annually. For more information, go to www.ridingtothetop.org or call 892-2813, ext. 13.

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