WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Overcast skies didn't stop hundreds of volunteers from getting their hands dirty at the New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Center. Volunteers from Western Kentucky University Athletics say this year's Day Of Caring is a whole new experience.
"It's a completely different environment then what we are used to. We play on fields and inside stadiums so it's awesome to come out here to a riding facility and be out in the beautiful country and give back to the community that we always ask to come to our games," says Lindsay Boyden, Assistant A.D. for Marketing.
There was plenty of labor for volunteers. Stalls needed cleaning, wheelchair ramps a fresh coat of paint and hundreds of yards of fencing had to be scraped down.
"It's just great to be able to help the community and this is a great project. I have helped out with therapeutic riding before in other states and it's such a worth organization so we are excited to be able to help," says Jessica Warren of the Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center.
New Beginnings says the work done by volunteers Wednesday will not only impact horses, but the hundreds of visitors who come on weekends for a fun filled time.
"Our horses are very important in regards to our riders. Obviously if you don't have a safe sound and healthy horse then our riders won't be able to ride. So having these volunteers out here today is outstanding," says Michelle Vise.
New Beginnings is open year round with 12 horses to offer those with special needs a chance to have their horse back riding dreams come true.