Hunkapi Programs, an equine therapy farm located in Scottsdale, has broken ground on a new arena, which will be used for the farm’s signature therapeutic riding sessions.
The 175- by 130-ft. covered, steel riding arena includes a 25-ft. covered viewing area for parents and visitors. The arena is a chance for Hunkapi to prevent to cancellations due to rain, dark skies and heat. The covered feature is expected to increase the program’s outreach by 25 percent.
“This covered arena has been long awaited and is a dream come true for our staff, volunteers and clients we serve,” says Terra Schaad, executive director of Hunkapi Programs, in a press release. “It will allow us to work more comfortably and offer continuous care for our clients to improve their lives, get stronger, and more emotionally resilient with our herd of horses. I’d like to thank all of our funders who have contributed, the City of Scottsdale for being the best home to our program, and Randy Coffman, who has been exceedingly patient and supportive as we have raised the funds for our dream arena. In a year of fear and turmoil, together we are raising a roof of hope.”
Funds for the renovation came from 12 major community organizations, including Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority (AZSTA), A.J. Dickey, Fiesta Bowl Charities, Thunderbirds Charities, Charles Kelley, Sheriff’s Posse, Executive Council Charities, Coates Irrigation Consultants, Scottsdale Charros, Alberta B. Farrington Foundation, Read Family Foundation and Wood Patel & Associates, Inc.
For more information on Hunkapi Programs, visit hunkapi.org.