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Alexis Skriver and Maia Boorsma get a chance to meet Mad­die, along with the rest of their Leth­bridge Chris­tian School kinder­garten class­mates dur­ing a field trip Thurs­day to the Leth­bridge Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion arena. The LRTA is host­ing its Ride Into Christ­mas event this Sun­day from 4-7 p.m. at their cen­tre just east of the city.

The Leth­bridge Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is invit­ing the pub­lic to “Ride Into Christ­mas” with its an­nual event on Sun­day from 4-7 p.m.

LTRA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tony Deys said the as­so­ci­a­tion is ben­e­fi­cial not only for peo­ple who come out to ride but for the horses as well.

“This is their strength, is bond­ing with peo­ple and mir­ror­ing peo­ple’s feel­ings. It’s a pretty sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two.”

This free event will fea­ture horse rides, Christ­mas mu­sic, Doris Wich­ers Win­ter Won­der­land, pet­ting zoo, food and drinks, a fire to keep warm, the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes, and Santa on site.

“For us, the event is about aware­ness of the LTRA but also to help peo­ple get into the Christ­mas spirit,” said Deys. “It all kind of cen­tres around the Doris Wich­ers Won­der­land dis­plays which is how the whole thing first started.”

Lo­cal busi­ness­man, the late John Wich­ers, was pre­vi­ously in­volved with the LTRA for many years, and his wife Doris had an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Christ­mas houses that were do­nated to the LTRA by her fam­ily when she passed.

Since Doris had started invit­ing peo­ple to see her mag­nif­i­cent Christ­mas houses dis­played in her home, the LTRA wanted a way of keep­ing up with the tra­di­tion of the dis­plays at the “Ride Into Christ­mas” event.

Kinder­garten classes on field trips to the LTRA will also get to see the Win­ter Won­der­land dis­plays through­out the month.

LTRA is lo­cated just east of Leth­bridge on Hwy. 512 on the jail road, half­way be­tween Leth­bridge and Coal­dale.

Her­ald photo by Ian Martens

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