HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - The Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding Program will soon have a permanent home at Oakington Farms in Havre de Grace.
Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the organization, which uses horseback riding to work with children and adults with special needs, disadvantaged or at-risk youth and the elderly. It’s currently in Fallston.
“Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding at Oakington will have the capacity to serve more vulnerable people in our community. We will have the facilities to expand and implement new ideas,” Cathy Schmidt, executive director for Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, said in a news release.
CTR has raised $75,000, half of the $150,000 that Harford County County Executive David R. Craig challenged them to raise for the project.
With this contribution, the county has moved forward with the first phase of the project, which includes the design, demolition of dilapidated structures, construction of driveways and parking areas and the creation of pasturelands.