The members of the Weyburn Riding and Driving Club held a fundraiser and are hoping to increase the awareness in the community about their activities.
The club held a “Horse Craze Day” at the Weyburn fair grounds on Saturday, as they raise funds towards making upgrades to the barns at the city farm.
The club, which has been around since about 1972, leases the city farm from the City of Weyburn, as many of them board and ride their horses there, some doing so year-round.
The city farm is located on Queen Street north of Highway 13, just west of the former Souris Valley grounds, and as club president Mason Richaud explained, the barns are old and are in need of repairs. The roofs were repaired, and now they are putting tin on the walls to upgrade the buildings.
Once the barns are upgraded, the club has plans to upgrade the pens and corrals at the farm.
As the SPCA has rules regarding the boarding of horses, including that they have an indoor facility where they can be housed when the weather warrants it, this is why the club wants to ensure the barns are fixed up properly.
The club has 12 families as members right now, and they have the capacity for 14 at the city farm.
Richaud admitted that many people outside of the club aren’t aware that they exist or are active, and hopes the club will be more active and visible in the community in the future.
The club members have had riding events, and the members have attended other horse events, such as the Griffin Horse Show.
Richaud pointed out that many of the children are 4-H members as well.
The club will have another fundraiser event in late November or early December, when they will host a Santa Day, possibly with sleigh rides and hot chocolate, weather permitting. More details will be made available closer to the event, once a date has been set.