HALIFAX, Pa. (WHTM) – In Dauphin County, Camp Hebron’s Christian Conference Center’s Horsemanship Program needs a new riding stable and indoor riding arena.
“Last year, we lost eight weeks straight with no lessons, no ministry going on here at all,” said Susan Berger, Camp Hebron’s horsemanship education specialist.
Berger cited bad weather for the reason riding activities got saddled.
But after years of hard work and $400,000.00 later, a facility is on the way.
“Stabler Foundation was instrumental in getting us the start up. We still had lots of people who came to yard sales, fall rides, boots and jeans auction,” said Patti Forker, who was on the Build A Barn committee that oversaw one fundraiser after another leading to Thursday’s ceremonial groundbreaking.
After the ground thaws, construction should move at a face pace.
“The new stable and indoor arena will all be under one roof, so we will be able to house 20 horses. We will have an educational room and a tack room that does not have the mold and the problems we have in it,” Berger said.
A new place for these equine residents.
“They’ll be having a great time exploring the new barn, figuring it out, trying to train them to their new stalls.” said Kimberly Stout, a Camp Hebron volunteer.
“This barn lasted 50 or 60 years and the new upgraded one’s going to last 100, I hope.” volunteer McKenzie Smith said.
Two of the camp’s younger riders, Olivia Franki and Georgia Eure, thanked those who donated.
“I think it’s really great. Really grateful for them to build a barn for the horses.”
While the Build A Barn campaign met its goal, a donation round up continues.
“To put the finishing touches on the barn and to be able to support the program and continue our ministry” said Nancy Herbst, a member of the Build A Barn Committee.
If you would like to support the camp’s ongoing fundraising efforts, including the Boots and Blue Jeans Benefit Auction in the spring, visit www.camphebron.org/events or call 717-896-3441.