Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy hosts their annual Pancake Feed

Largest fundraiser of the year
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 8:37 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Last year the Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy which provides horse riding for kids with special needs had to cancel its largest fundraiser of the year due to COVID-19.

The non-profit comes back for their annual pancake feed fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus in Scottsbluff. Buckboard staff said some of the money goes to assist families who cannot afford the fees they charge and not having it last year hurt.

“Sad! Because the kids need this the therapy that the horses give them so bad and when they can’t afford to come we try to get money raised for them and last year we couldn’t raise any,” said Kathy Gatch Founder/Director Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy. “That was kind of tough.

“A lot of folks in the community that have sent in donations over the year to kind of help us,” said Gatch. “Our agency they do take care of probably about half our operating expenses as far as feed and vet bills that kind of stuff. We were able to do ok under the circumstances.”

Buckboard staff said the fundraiser serving breakfast is a way to give back and enjoy communion with residents. There impact is far reaching in the community and they raised over a one thousand dollars.

“It’s a way that we have express our thanks to the community as well as them to us,” said Tom Hunter President of the Board Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy. “Just gather around the table and chatting and fellowshipping with the people the riders and everything else we missed it.”

“Most people have a story attached to it somewhere whether they donated sometime where they had a child ride they volunteered or they just knew Kathy,” said Makinzie Gregory Office Manager/Instructor Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy. “So many people I don’t know I have only met a couple of people in the community that haven’t even heard of Buckboard.”

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