A multifaceted event designed to appeal to a variety of interests will be held on Saturday to benefit STAR Riding. On the schedule are a yard sale, appearances by professional wrestlers and musical and clogging performances.
“We’re trying to raise money to build a covered riding arena,” said Kim Davies, STAR Riding’s program coordinator. “Because of rain and other bad weather, we miss lessons. If our participants don’t ride every week, they fall behind.”
STAR Riding, also known as Specialized Therapeutic and Recreational Riding, uses horseback riding to help people with mental and physical disabilities in the Aiken/Augusta area. It is based at Hopeland Farm on Banks Mill Road.
“We’re in the process of buying our own facility, and that’s where the covered riding arena will go,” Davies said. “The arena will be the size of a small dressage ring, which is 20 meters by 40 meters.”
The address of the fundraising event’s site is 2560 Columbia Highway North.
The yard sale will start at 7 a.m., and the entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. Professional wrestlers, including former champion Susan Green, will meet fans and sign autographs starting at 10 a.m.
Shepeard Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information or to donate items to the yard sale, call Davies at 803-220-5619.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.