Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center started down the road of doubling their capacity with a capital campaign over 6 years ago. In 2005, with a strong economy and a community that needed them, they embarked on an $11 million capital campaign to build a new facility that would allow them to double the number of children and adults with disabilities that they served.
When the economy slowed down, so did their campaign, but their spirits have been moving at top speed. Though they have not quite completed the fundraising, the construction has begun. In late 2010, they began phase one of the construction; completing the site work and preparing the land for building. Once that was completed, they built their welcome center and with help from a matching grant for the Murdock Foundation they completed fundraising for their second covered arena, completing phase two.
With just over $2.5 million to raise and phase three to come, Little Bit is proud to announce that they began serving riders at their new facility on January 10, 2012. John and Kelly Olerud helped send the first riders off at Little Bit’s First Strides event, celebrating the first lesson to take place at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center at Dunmire Stables.