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NVTRP to Build Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena This Summer

NVTRP riders are enjoying the new, lit outdoor riding ring.

We are thrilled to announce that NVTRP's Board of Directors voted at their January meeting to move forward with building The Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena this coming summer.

As most of you know, this represents a huge milestone in our history, and represents years of work and generosity from many people—including several of you.

It is truly a village making this facility a reality for our riders.

After a competitive bidding process we selected Trinity Group Construction, Inc. as the general contractor for this phase of the work. The scope of work includes building the 17,000 square foot indoor riding arena, along with the adjoining education room, restroom (with plumbing!) and enclosed rider observation area.

The final stretch of fundraising continues. We have raised a little over $4.1 million towards a total project cost of approximately $5.5 million. This gap will be closed with a combination of additional gifts and prudent financing. These costs include expenses back to 2012, when we started planning.

We will continue fundraising through the completion of Phase III, the construction of a new 20 stall barn, at an anticipated additional cost of $500,000.

In order to minimize the disruption to lessons, we plan to start building in June, at the completion of the spring session. A few of the horses will stay here, to be a part of unmounted activities and trainings, and the majority of the herd will return to Rocky Top, just a couple of miles away, where we will hold summer camps and the summer session of services. Huge thanks to NVTRP Board Member Mitch Martin for generously donating the use of this space.

Many naming opportunities remain. To learn more about donating, you can contact Development Director Wendy Baird at or (585) 733-1914.

Ever since our founding in 1980, almost 40 years ago, we at NVTRP have been the little engine that could. Neither fires, nor unprecedented rain, nor anything else will stop us from providing people with disabilities, recovering service members, or youth-at-risk from having every opportunity to thrive.


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