Hay saves horse group

Good deed: Tia Veech and Sharon Robertson donated hay to Riding for Disabled Association's Betty Wallace, Aileen Davis and a Picton Public School student.
Good deed: Tia Veech and Sharon Robertson donated hay to Riding for Disabled Association's Betty Wallace, Aileen Davis and a Picton Public School student.

The Dilly Drought Drive’s horse feed donation has kept one long-standing community organisation from going under.

Tahmoor’s Riding for the Disabled Association founder Betty Wallace was grateful to the Drive which donated hay and pellets to feed the association’s eight horses.

Mrs Wallace considered selling or rehoming the horses and shutting down the program.

“We would have gone broke and had to close up because of the expense of buying feed for the horses,” Mrs Wallace said.

“It has been wonderful to get help from the Dilly Drought Drive.”

The volunteer organisation, which Ms Wallace started 32 years ago, provides equine-assisted activities for people with disabilities.

She runs a program for 19 children with special needs and elderly people to improve their confidence and skills every fortnight. About 24 volunteers go to the centre to help riders. Dilly Drought Drive organiser Sharon Robertson said $2000 worth of feed was given to the association last week.

“It was great to help an organisation that runs a great program for school children with special needs,” she said.

“They were desperate. We hope to help them out again once we raise more money.”

The association members had bought hay and pellets to feed the horses because there was no grass for them to eat.

Tia Veech, who is a board member of Picton and District Community Bank and a coordinator of the Drive, helped deliver the donated feed.

“The horses are calm, quiet and love the attention,” Ms Veech said. “They are beautiful horses and it would a real shame to see these horses rehomed.

Ms Veech also encouraged people to continue to donate.

“I know we set up the Dilly Drought Drive to help the farmers in the shire,” Ms Veech said. “But there were other organisations that really needed help.

“Everytime people donate to the Drive they help our farmers but every so often we help people like Betty to keep a vital program like Riding for the Disabled Association going.”