Campaign: Extraordinary Strides Transforming Lives
Let’s get Ready to Ride…Down the Home Stretch
In 2005, the Board of Directors launched the quiet phase of an $11.5 million dollar capital campaign to locate and secure an appropriate piece of property with the goal of serving more riders. After a thorough search and with the support of several generous lead donors, the Board of Directors authorized the purchase of Simpatico Stables in Redmond, a huge step in reaching our goal. Though we still have more work to do, we have currently raised over $10 million dollars towards achieving our objective.
Our new facility, Little Bit Redmond at Dunmire Stables, will double our capacity, allowingus to serve up to 525 riders per week and dramatically reduce our wait list and waiting times to less than six months. This project will also enable us to significantly expand our educational programs, and train more industry professionals. With this expansion, Little Bit will be transformed into the largest therapeutic riding center in the country.
The property is situated on picturesque Bear Creek and is located at 106th Street and Avondale Road. It is a sprawling, peaceful place for horses and humans. There are many existing features including a large barn, an extensive arena, pasture areas and riding trails. Additional renovation and construction is still needed, however, to prepare the property for use by riders, volunteers, instructors and horses.
On October 20, 2010, we officially broke ground at Little Bit Redmond at Dunmire Stables for Phase One of construction. This work included site preparation, upgrading the existing barn and arena, creating the beginnings of the Welcome Center (where riders will pick up their helmets and volunteers will check in), and installing new skylights. We have also completed the foundation for the tack barn and the initial landscaping (including a rain garden). The historic barn on the property will be used for hay.
Phase One was completed in April 2011 and Phase Two has commenced with the construction of an additional 16,000 square foot indoor riding arena for our Adaptive Riding program. We have raised an incredible $9.1 million of the $11.5 million dollars needed to complete this project and are working hard to raise the additional funds needed. Phase Two includes a 2,465 square foot tack barn, a viewing area for family and visitors, a space for volunteers to store their car keys and other personal items as well as take a break and eat lunch, three small therapy rooms and one large Therapy room adjacent to theoriginal indoor arena. Additional support space for administration will also be included here.
Finally, we will be converting the existing family home into a volunteer training center. Once the transition to Dunmire Stables is complete, we hope to retain our Woodinville center for research and training.
Providing life-changing opportunities to all 227children and adults currently on our wait list, as well as maintaining the service to our current riders is our number one goal. Please join us in making this dream a reality.
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Volunteers are integral to Little Bit, from the Board of Directors to the more than 400 individuals who work with riders and horses each year. Little Bit is extremely grateful to all those people who have stepped up to help with this special campaign.
Achieve and Sustain Committee – Phase II Leadership
Sally Gregg, Chair
Katie Healy Knight
Capital Campaign Cabinet
John & Kelly Olerud, Co-Chairs
Mike & Phyllis Dunmire, Honorary Co-Chairs
Dr. Stephen T. Glass