Equine group in $43k win

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the new home for Peel Rid­ing for the Dis­abled has been aided with the de­liv­ery of a trac­tor and other equip­ment.

A $43,000 grant from Lot­tery­west has gone to­wards the pur­chase of a trac­tor, 4WD RTV and add-ons for the trac­tor, in­clud­ing a plough and auger, which was de­liv­ered to the group last week.

Peel RDA Mead Farm vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Kristin Hosken said the equip­ment would al­low the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vol­un­teers to un­der­take some of the work on the de­vel­op­ment them­selves rather than hav­ing to pay con­trac­tors.

The fund­ing is on top of $750,000 al­ready com­mit­ted last year by the State Gov­ern­ment, which will al­low the group to es­tab­lish a longterm home and trans­form the Mead Farm Homestead into a tea­room and gift shop.

When com­plete, the de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide space for the group’s horses to be kept and cared for on site, rather than forc­ing vol­un­teers to travel.

With about 60 vol­un­teers serv­ing about 70 rid­ers, RDA pro­vides equine-based ther­apy for peo­ple of all ages and dis­abil­i­ties.

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby said the or­gan­i­sa­tion changed the lives of the chil­dren and adults in­volved.

“For the clients in­volved, it lifts their spirit and lets them sense free­dom and move­ment,” he said.

Pic­ture: Pierra Wil­lix

Peel RDA Mead Farm vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Kristin Hosken, Lot­tery­west rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tri­cia Kelin and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby show off some of the new equip­ment.

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