A community benefit last month raised $15,000 to keep a local riding arena open and help an injured horse trainer until he’s in the saddle again.
The Jan. 24 event at the Creekside Riding Arena near Melfort, Sask., included a team roping and barrel jackpot, cabaret and silent auction.
In an accident last July, Ken Morgans suffered multiple fractures and a brain injury that required weeks in hospital in Saskatoon.
“It impacted my work, crippled my work. I make my living training horses and giving lessons,” said Morgans, who won’t be able to ride or train again for another six to eights months.
He called the turnout for the event amazing.
“It was very surprising, very good,” Morgans said.
Ashlea Tyacke, vice-president of the arena, said 120 teams participated in team roping and 100 in barrel racers, with about 100 people attending the cabaret.
“That more than met our expectations,” she said.
The arena is used for a number of livestock events for all ages each week. Without it, riders would have to travel to Saskatoon to train indoors.