MIDDLEBURY — LoveWay will honor longtime area resident Lori Nisley as Grand Marshal for this year’s 18th annual Ride-a-Thon on Oct. 13.
“Lori has ridden in every Ride a Thon since the fundraiser began in 1994 and has been one of the top fundraisers for the last 17 years,” said Aimee Miller, volunteer coordinator for LoveWay.
The day will start off at 7 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, provided by the Elkhart County Exchange Club. The cost is $5 and includes sausage and a drink. Children can enjoy a family-friendly fun fair from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include pony rides, games, arts and crafts and a bake sale. Clowns from Clowns for Christ will provide face painting and balloon animals. Free tram rides will also be available, provided by Bonneyville Carriage.
Area horse owners can take part in a 10-mile trail ride in the woods, hills and meadows of the Riegsecker family. Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m., with the ride leading off from LoveWay at 10 a.m. Riders are encouraged to collect as many pledges as possible; however, the minimum entry fee is $35. Riders who collect more than $100 will gain entry in the grand prize drawing for a $300 gift card donated by Troyer’s Saddlery.
Nisley has already raised more than she did last year.
“This is the main fundraiser I participate in and I appreciate the tremendous amount of support I get each year,” said Nisley.
Nisley started coming to the Ride-a-Thon because she loves trail riding and enjoys the beauty of the Bristol Fruit Hills area, where the ride takes place.
“On that first Ride-a-Thon, I learned what LoveWay does, and I’ve been participating ever since,” said Nisley.
LoveWay provides therapeutic horseback riding that helps individuals with special needs gain skills that improve their daily lives. Among the benefits are improved expressiveness, attention span, memory, sensory awareness, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, and motor skills.
“I believe in what LoveWay does for the kids in our community.
I’ve seen the smiles on the kids’ faces,” said Nisley. “Kids and animals are an awesome combination, especially kids and horses.”
Major sponsors for this year’s Ride a Thon include Lakota Trailers, Welch Packaging, Alpha systems and NIBCO Inc.
If You Go
What: 18th Annual LoveWay Ride-a-Thon
When: Saturday, Oct. 13
Where: LoveWay, 54151 County Road 33, Middlebury.
Activities: 10-mile trail ride, all-you-can-eat breakfast, and family fun fair.
Registration: Riders are encouraged to collect pledges. Minimum entry fee is $35. Riders that collect more than $100 will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $300 gift card donated by Troyer’s Saddlery.
For entry forms and more information: Contact LoveWay’s office at 825-5666 or visiting www.lovewayinc.org.