The Mounted Eagles' Walk-N-Roll So They Can Ride fund-raising event was not dampened by rainy weather Sept. 24 as participants braved the rain carrying umbrellas and wearing ponchos, some made from trash bags, to walk, bike or inline skate along the five- and 12-mile route along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.
More than $13,000 was raised at the event, which supports the Mounted Eagles' therapeutic horsemanship program for people with disabilities. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go toward expansion of services.
Aggie Stroot, Mounted Eagles executive director, said the program now serves 68 participants and they are maxed out on their available time at Clare B Farms. The barn donates a day and a half of riding space for the program. Mounted Eagles has been serving people with disabilities for the past 13 years.
"Our dream is to have our own facility where we can do this on a full-time basis," said Stroot, "because we've just skimmed the surface of the people out there who could benefit from our services."
The third annual Walk-N-Roll event had 57 participants.
Sponsors of the event included Brainerd Lions Club, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Dr. Linda Lewis, Pine Motors, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Chapter 31300, TDS Telecom, Grattan Healthcare, CTC Consolidated Telecommunications, Lakeland Agency and Pequot Lakes Physical Therapy Services.
For more information about the Mounted Eagles program, contact Stroot at (888) 828-9920 or (218) 568-3968.
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