Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

August 30, 2013

LoveWay receives $50,000 for new fence, watering system

MIDDLEBURY — For as long as anyone can remember, staff at LoveWay therapeutic equestrian center has been mending fences — literally.

“It’s been held together with zip ties, odds and ends, baler twine, boards and hog fencing, which is not proper horse fence,” said instructor and program manager Maggie Korenstra. “The gates are falling apart and a lot of the posts are loose and leaning.”

That’s all changing as the equestrian center makes use of a $50,000 grant from the Elkhart Community Foundation.

From now until Sept. 9 (the first day of fall semester), 10,000 feet of fencing reconfiguring the center’s 13 pastures into 15 more usable pastures is going up.

“We applied for the grant in June, and while we were waiting to hear, we got bids, marked fences, and had plans drawn up,” said instructor and development associate Shelley Becker. “And at the same time we knew there was a good chance we wouldn’t get the grant. There are so many other great organizations out there.”

When the news came last month that LoveWay was to be awarded the grant money, Korenstra said she was almost in shock.

“We were trying not to get too excited about the possibility of getting the money,” Korenstra said. “But we wanted it so badly, so it was incredibly exciting when we found out.”

The news was also a relief for Korenstra, who had just spent part of a weekend corralling a horse that had pushed through fencing and had terrorized and ultimately injured three other horses.

Unfortunately poor fencing had caused several similar instances and other injuries over the years.

“We separate them for a reason,” Korenstra said. “They’re not all best friends.”

An injured horse means not only a vet call, but a horse that is unable to do its job.

“That puts a heavier workload on the other horses,” Becker said.

Both Becker and Korenstra said they never knew what they would find when they went out to check on the horses.

“They can certainly injure themselves on the fencing,” Korenstra said. “They can get wrapped up in or wounded by the broken fencing.

New high-tensile, white vinyl-wrapped wire fencing, being installed by Yoder and Sons Fencing out of Middlebury, is both sturdy and safe for the 16 horses and ponies kept at LoveWay.

The new equine-friendly fencing also surrounds two new pastures for the horses.

“This will give us a chance to rotate pastures, which allows the grass to grow up and fill in,” Becker said. “And we will be able to have dry lots — lots without grass. Some of the horse can’t have a lot of grass.

A newly reconfigured area will allow horses new to LoveWay to spend their trial period in a larger pasture and not in the current smaller-sized pen.

Grant money has also allowed staff to purchase an automatic continuous-flow horse watering system.

“The trough only holds about 5 gallons of water and continuously refills itself as the horses drink,” Korenstra said. “And it does it without using electricity — it’s geothermal. That’s great for us country folk when we lose power!”

The new watering system is also easy to clean.

“With the old troughs it took about one hour to do a quick clean,” Korenstra said. “First you had to scoop out all the water and the trough was huge. This is so much better and now our volunteers can work on other projects that need attention.”

Korenstra and Becker are grateful to locally owned businesses — Wingard’s Custom Plastics for the help with watering systems and C&L Well and Pump Service.

“We are really blessed,” Becker said. “C&L Well has been very helpful moving pastures and the horse water, as well as running and installing new water lines.”

Marbach, Brady and Weaver Inc. donated survey work for the fencing project, Niblock Excavating inc., employees donated their time to complete excavation work and Wallace Electric marked all the electric lines before the project began.

“We also want to thank Dogwood Hills Tree Farm for moving a tulip tree donated in memory of one of our volunteers,” Becker said. “That was an awesome job.”

 Both agree that the grant has done more than just give LoveWay new fencing.

“It’s life-changing for us,” Korenstra said. “There’s no more worry and now we can spend time doing more important things than mending fences.”

Not only will the new fencing be up in time for the beginning of the center’s fall semester, it will also be finished in time for LoveWay’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the 19th annual Ride-A-Thon.

The Oct. 13 fundraiser includes a trail ride, pancake breakfast, family fun fair, pony rides, bake sale and carnival food. For more information visit www.lovewayinc.org.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140420 ysk kalil 01.jpg You Should Know: Anthony Kalil GOSHEN -- Goshen native Anthony Kalil has been awarded a Richard Trucker Career Grant, which includes a $10,000 cash prize. He currently lives in New York. The grant is awarded to three of America's top young opera singers who are selected after a by

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140420 The 39 Steps Taking 'Steps' in Bristol BRISTOL -- The Elkhart Civic Theatre crew is set to present the classic Alfred Hitchcock mystery "The 39 Steps" at The Bristol Opera House. Performances of "The 39 Steps" are planned for two weekends -- this coming Friday and Saturday and May 2 and 3

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 Kokomo Tornado 03 Recent decisions by FEMA have frustrated state and local leaders KOKOMO, Ind. -- Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister ble

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 ghs high mileage team 12.jpg Goshen High School Super Mileage team to compete in national competition for third straight year GOSHEN -- The Goshen High School Super Mileage team is heading to Houston this week to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon for the third consecutive year. The team, led by engineering technology teacher J.J. Johnson, is taking two cars to the competiti

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • BIZ GN0420 tech talk image Mistakes businesses make with their home page Mistakes businesses make with their home page

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140420 boston marathon 04.jpg Undeterred by last year's bombing, several locals return for Monday's Boston Marathon GOSHEN "Boston Strong" is the moniker that emerged from Boston a year ago, describing the way people dealt with the tragic events that marred the 117th annual running of the Boston Marathon. Three spectators were killed and 264 more people injured w

    April 19, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 good friday 04 Local Christians reflect in advance of Easter Sunday GOSHEN - Members of the community gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Goshen to observe Good Friday with a Stations of the Cross tour.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Briefly Elkhart Store opens at mall Creative Life Memories is now open at Concord Mall. The store is owned by Jose Elizalde, a native of Chicago, Goshen College graduate and resident of Elkhart County. CLM specializes in engraving and personalizing small gif

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140419 cyclists return 05 Trio of GC alums return from Pan-American trek GOSHEN — The dream for a pan-American cycling adventure was born for Levi Smucker, Abe Stucky, and Michael Miller on the couches in a dormitory room at Goshen College in late 2010,

    April 18, 2014 5 Photos

  • GN140419 children's book experience 'Children's Book Experience' Saturday at Better World Books

    A “Children’s Book Experience” for young people in elementary and middle school is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Better World Books in downtown Goshen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest