With funding support from 12 major community organizations, Hunkapi Programs, an equine therapy farm in Scottsdale, has officially broken ground on a new arena to be used for the farm’s signature therapeutic riding sessions.
Funds for the renovation came from Valley businesses and nonprofits including Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority, 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.
“We are proud to partner with Hunkapi as it expands its horseback riding and horse therapy programs,” AZSTA Board Chair Doug Yonko said. “AZSTA’s Youth and Amateur Sports Grants help realize the dream Maricopa County voters had when they approved Prop. 302. It is a privilege to support the efforts of worthy Maricopa County nonprofits that enhance the lives of Arizonans through youth and amateur sports.”
The covered, steel riding arena was engineered and designed by Bunger Steel and erected by Arizona Steel. The arena also includes a 25-foot covered viewing area for parents and visitors. The project has been overseen by General Contractor Randy Coffman of Coffman Barns, according to a press release.
“This covered arena has been long awaited and is a dream come true for our staff, volunteers and clients we serve,” said Terra Schaad, executive director of Hunkapi Programs.
“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.”
The arena is a chance for Hunkapi to prevent to cancellations due to rain, dark skies and heat, the press release stated. The covered feature is expected to increase the program’s outreach by 25%.
The project’s completion date was Oct. 30.
For more information about Hunkapi Programs, visit Hunkapi.org.