Ground was broken on Tuesday, Sept. 23, for the construction of a new Cleary Building Corp. horse barn and indoor arena as part of the Morning Star Riding Center Project at the Still Waters Riding Academy in Hickman, NE. The new facilities will play an integral role in an equine therapy program designed for kids and adults with disabilities. Dan Whitney – also known as Larry the Cable Guy – and his wife Cara were featured at the ground breaking ceremony. The Whitney’s Git-R-Done Foundation donated $250,000 to help fund construction of the new horse barn and arena.
Last December brought a huge setback at the Still Waters Riding Academy when an electrical fire burned down half of their barn and arena. No one was hurt and all of the horses were saved, but there was significant damage. Cleary Building Corp. re-built the horse barn and arena after the December fire. Whitney’s wife and daughter ride at the Still Waters Riding Academy, which is how they found out about the fire. Rising up from the ashes, the fire is what sparked the idea of the equine therapy program, which will be directed by Arnie and Char Cole, owners of Still Waters Riding Academy.
“Cleary Building Corp. couldn’t be more proud to be working with the Cole family and Mr. Whitney for such a great cause,” said Todd Montgomery, Cleary Building Corp. Sr Vice President of Sales. “Cleary takes pride in the buildings it constructs, which is why we can’t wait to ‘Git-R-Done’ here in Hickman, NE.”