New Arena Opens for Orientation & Classes
The “Sky’s No Limit” Campaign successfully funded the long awaited covered arena at Turning Point. But Covid related supply chair issues have made completion challenging!
Orientation and the first classes took place under construction lights. But the permanent lighting is now bright as day no matter the time.
And overhead doors… hopefully shipping soon…. have provided some spectacular sunset views during evening classes.
Fans, cupolas and a pipe fence are still awaiting delivery, but having a place for families to sit inside and a place for brothers and sisters to play are already making a difference.
And riders and volunteers alike are blessed with the two latest gifts from Turning Point supporters. An irrigation system was always on the wish list but the wind and lack of rain recently mean hand watering couldn’t keep dust from rising from sand arena base.
Jim and Nancy Beckstrom donated funds to purchase an arena watering system.
Recommended by the Therapeutic Riding Center in Edmond, Coffee Creek, the waterer hooks to a hose and travels in circles until the entire space is dampened.
Riders and walkers alike give it a BIG thumbs up. And the instructors who were coming in hours early to hand water think it’s a TRULY great addition to the facility.
But walking in deep sand rutted with the hoofprints of the class before is a REAL challenge to tiny riders with short legs AND not easy for volunteers.
Both are so grateful to DeeAnn and Gary Beeby who donated funds for an arena drag to smooth the surface between classes. It makes a HUGE difference.
And Turning Point owes a big Thank You to Sara from the OSU Equestrian Team staff who came over to train our staff in the best way to keep the new arena looking great.
Growing takes a VILLAGE and we are so lucky to have one!