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A therapeutic ride for charity

By Staff | Sep 10, 2013

Dale Wertman, center, and members from the American Legion Riders of Post 35 in Hughesville presented a check for $3,063 to Edna Riddell from Sunnybrook Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Montgomery. A benefit ride was organized on August 24th. Left to right: Michelle Carol, Secretary; Edna Riddell, Sunnybrook Meadows; Dale J. Wertman Sr., President; Pat Wilson, Treasurer; Debbie Keiser, Historian.

HUGHESVILLE – On Sunday afternoon at the American Legion Post 35 in Hughesville, a check was presented by members to Edna Riddell, owner of Sunnybrook Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center in Montgomery. Organized in 1993, Sunnybrook Meadows offers a variety of therapeutic experiences for individuals with disabilities and their families.

“We wanted to hold a benefit ride for them,” said Dale Wertman, President of the American Legion Post 35. “This was a very successful ride this year,” he said while presenting a check for $3,063 to the organization. Wertman related a story about a friend’s grandson who suffered brain damage from a terrible auto accident and saw first hand what Meadowbrook can do for children. “This program was very helpful to him,” he added.

Three other American Legions participated on August 24th when the benefit ride took place. “This was the best turnout we ever had,” said Wertman in the three years they have been doing it. Each year they choose a different charity.

Much appreciation goes to Barb Miller, a long time volunteer and Board President with Sunnybrook Meadows. “She raised over $700 for the silent auction,” said Riddell which was held at the same time as the benefit ride.

Riddell was thankful for their generosity and welcomed everyone to attend an open house on Sept. 28 in honor of their 20 year anniversary. “We will be featuring rider demonstrations from 9 to noon and there will be horse drawn wagon rides with live music from the McNett band,” she announced. All proceeds will go to the Riding Center.

The American Legion Riders Post 35 will have their last ride of the season on September 28, The Fall Ride, and all proceeds will benefit the veterans of war and other non-organizations.