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RTT’s virtual Triple B raises $140,000

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Ross Holmstrom, Triple B Auctioneer, Cookie, an RTT miniature horse, RTT Executive Director Sarah Bronson,  and Becca Platz, an RTT volunteer, at the virtual version of the center’s annual Triple B fundraising auction on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Riding To The Top)

WINDHAM –  An increase in lesson costs and the loss of program and event revenue drove a decision to take Riding to The Top’s most important fundraiser of the year virtual.

Sarah Bronson, Riding To The Top’s Executive Director, said the decision was a leap of faith. “Honestly, at first I was somewhat concerned because I know how much people love coming to our “Party with a Purpose!”

Still, that did not mean she was expecting the outpouring of support the organization received during the Oct. 17 virtual event. “It was a new Triple B experience for all of us and thanks to the generous support of so many, we raised over $140,000 in support of our clients, horses and programs!” she said.

Last year over 350 people attended the Annual Triple B ~ Boots, Band & BBQ at the RTT farm in Windham.

Bronson said she realized that this event was more than a party to RTT supporters when sponsors, donations and registrations started to pour in for this year’s Virtual Triple B.

She was especially pleased to welcome back Reserve Grand Champion sponsors, IDEXX, Norway Savings Bank and Portland Volvo.  

“This year due to COVID, community support is more important than ever.” Bronson explained, “While RTT’s cost to deliver lessons has gone up, we have not passed these costs along to our clients and we remain committed to serving as many clients as possible while keeping everyone safe.”  

A recording of the event can be found by visiting the RTT website: ridingtothetop.org/triple-b and clicking on the View LiveStream Recording button.

Wonderful videos capture all that has been happening at RTT during 2020.

In addition, check out the DIY demos for cocktails (thanks to the Falmouth Lions Club) and DennyMike’s special mouthwatering BBQ. 

Donations may still be made at ridingtothtetop.org! All Triple B proceeds support the programs and horses of RTT. 

Founded in 1993, Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission is enhancing health and wellness through equine assisted activities and therapies.

Over 250 clients participate annually and are assisted by certified instructors and/or therapists, volunteers and horses, all specially trained to assist with therapeutic riding, carriage driving, equine assisted learning and hippotherapy.

RTT is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).

The center is located on a 50 acre farm in Windham, just five miles from Portland, and is the state’s only year round PATH Intl. accredited program solely dedicated to equine assisted activities and therapies. 

For more information about client services, volunteering, making a referral or a gift, visit  at www.ridingtothetop.org or call 892-2813. 

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