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Rotary Club donates $8,900
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The horse is named Champ, but taking the reins as champion for McMinnville Special Games and its Horsin’ Around Farm is the Rotary Club of McMinnville. Rotarians donated $8,900 to help complete a clubhouse on the farm. Pictured is Penny Jordan with Huck Vandeventer during the last Horsin’ Around event. - photo by Nikki Childers

The Rotary Club of McMinnville has saddled up for a chance to financially support an equestrian therapy group.

Under the leadership of Rotary Club president-elect David Mason Simpson, the club announced its support of McMinnville Special Games and its Horsin’ Around Farm. Donated was $8,900 to help complete a clubhouse. 

“The clubhouse has been underway for quite some time,” said Special Games organizer Holly McBride. “This donation from Noon Rotary is such a blessing. This donation will allow us to almost finish the interior. We hope to have it completely finished by fall 2021.”

Horsin’ Around is a recreational equestrian therapy program for men, women and children with special needs. In the fall of 2018, a farm located at 1680 Harrison Ferry Road was purchased with help from the Steve and Kate Smith Community Trust through First National Bank.

“We have been holding monthly rides for our special needs participants,” said McBride. “We are looking to increase that to twice per month in the near future.”

The clubhouse will be a place for participants and their families/ caregivers to relax and enjoy themselves while at the farm. There will be a full kitchen, sitting area, handicap-accessible restroom, quiet room and an extra room for parties and gatherings. 

“The front porch goes all the way across the building and we will soon have rocking chairs,” said McBride. “It’s going to have a rustic cabin look. We are very excited. We are also planning on opening the program up to the public for Horse and Pony Riding Birthday Parties. That will bring awareness to the program and also the income would help the farm sustain itself.”

Construction started in 2020.

“We have done it just a little bit at a time and most of it has been donated materials or given at cost,” said McBride. “We have been blessed many times over by our community. COVID-19 put a halt on working on the building. Plus building materials seemed to have skyrocketed. But, hopefully, this $8,900 will let us finish up except for the interior ceiling and insulation. We are hoping for a discount or maybe even a donation on those.”

Volunteers who wish to help can call (931) 808-8816.