This month, among other installations, the one project we really wanted to talk about was our TerraNova installation at Project Ride’s arenas in Elk Grove, California.
Project R.I.D.E. Inc., a nonprofit institution, provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 500 children and adults with special needs. Through the dedication and support of the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Elk Grove and Sacramento communities, Project R.I.D.E. has grown from a program that began in 1979 serving 30 students at Jessie Baker School to serving over 500 students from the greater metropolitan area. They operate in a 34,000 square foot totally enclosed equestrian center in Elk Grove with a nature trail, round pen and outside paddocks as well as a 52 acre ranch in Herald, where the horses rest and enjoy pasture time when they are not working.
Tina Calanchina, Executive Director commented, “We are so pleased with the footing. This will transform our facility. No longer will we have to deal with the dust from the old footing, and the continued maintenance just to keep the surface rideable. An added bonus for us is that the footing is very light in colour and this has significantly improved visibility in the arena, which is important for some of the visually-impaired kids we have. Now we won’t need to upgrade our lighting!”