FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Ride for the Disabled is holding an online auction to make up for being forced to cancel one of its biggest fundraisers over the past couple of years.

Funds raised will go towards overhead costs, including horse feed, the ride coordinator, and a new lift they’ve had to purchase. The lift helps riders who are unable to get onto the horse themselves get in the saddle.

“I know the gas prices are high, but it’s even higher to feed and shoe a horse these days,” Lana Neitz, the fundraising coordinator for the organization, laughed.

Neitz said they’re hoping to raise between $5,000 to $10,000 through the auction.

Many donations have already rolled in from the community already, like vehicle detailing packages, patio furniture, and even helicopter rides.

Soon, they’re going to start sending out pictures and teasers of the available items on their Facebook page.

Neitz says they are still accepting donations and they are always looking for corporate or company sponsorship.

The organization has been providing horseback riding for people with disabilities since 1984.

“We combine traditional instruction in horsemanship skills with concepts of physical therapy to improve the strength, balance and self-esteem of physically and developmentally delayed children and adults,” said the association’s Facebook page.

“We haven’t raised our registration costs. It’s a one-time fee of $50 for the entire season that runs from October through to the end of April,” Neitz mentioned.

On April 27th, North Peace Ride will hold a wrap-up horse show, giving out trophies to their riders for various things throughout the season.

Neitz says everyone in the community is invited to celebrate with the riders. Anyone interested can contact Neitz by phone at 250-262-1847 or by email at lana.neitz@hotmail.com