Crisis at Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association

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Flooding at the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association has overflowed their manmade sandbag banks this past week. Horses have been evacuated and daily operations put on hold in order to try to protect their barn. The tireless work of volunteers, staff working overtime and the support of the local community has been of great importance to the organization. The struggle however, is not over yet and they still need your help in order to continue to offer their equine therapy.

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Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association

Though we have received significant assistance, we are in a greater need than ever for the community to come together in order for us to continue to offer our programs!

Crisis has struck the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA) and daily operations have been put on hold. During the latter part of June, KTRA experienced extreme flooding which put most of their paddocks under water as well as flooding their arena and parts of their barn. With the amazing help of the community they were able to get the horses evacuated to a dry location close by before the water managed to touch their hooves. This unexpected natural disaster has caused KTRA to have to postpone their annual horse show as well as work tiresome hours to make the summer camps, scheduled for the middle of July, possible in the new location. It has taken the work of volunteers as well as many overtime staff hours to make everything run smoothly. "We cannot thank the Kamloops community enough for all the support they have given to us. The phone was ringing off the hook during the crisis with individuals and companies asking how they can be of service. It is amazing to see how fast and effectively a community can work together in times of great need" reports a staff member. "Though we have received significant assistance, we are in a greater need than ever for the community to come together in order for us to continue to offer our programs!" With this said KTRA is sending out a call for help. We needs to keep this supportive momentum going for their therapy program to be able to recover from this crisis!

The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association is still looking for help to repair the damage that has been done to their facility. The footing in the arena was washed away during the flood and will have to be replaced before commencing with therapeutic lessons. New paddocks are also looking to be built on higher ground to ensure that all horses will be safe in the event that any flooding occurs in the future. The KTRA is currently collecting donations to help put the facility back together as soon as possible. In an effort to raise funds they will be having an "Amazing Race" type event, Wednesday August 8th, in downtown Kamloops. This "Dash to Make a Difference" was scheduled prior to the flooding but it is more important than ever that it be successful. They are still looking for silent auction items for the evening event or individuals can give support by coming and being a part of the fundraiser dinner. Please contact the office by calling (250) 554-3811 or email ktraevents(at)gmail(dot)com for more information on how you can support KTRA in this great time of need.

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