OGDEN — Horses and those who ride them are the beneficiaries of this year’s Commissioner Cup Charity Golf event.
During its weekly Tuesday morning meeting, the Weber County Board of Commissioners presented a $7,000 check each to the nonprofit therapeutic riding program, Therapeutic Assets, and the Weber State University Rodeo Team.
The Weber County Commission held the golf tournament Aug. 27 at Wolf Creek Resort in Eden.
Therapeutic Assets will use the money to help special-needs children and adults, most of whom cannot qualify for other therapeutic riding programs. Through riding, patients learn sensory integration, behavior modification and receive neurodevelopmental treatment.
The program’s four occupational therapists and two physical therapists volunteer their time, conducting sessions at the indoor arena at Allen Horseplay Stables in Taylor from March to July and from August to December.
The other recipient, the Weber State Rodeo Team, plans to use the money to help them compete throughout the region and continue to practice, Weber State University Rodeo Coach Dennis Montgomery said.
“It helps us out a lot now that we have to travel to Colorado,” Montgomery said. “We can practice two nights a week. It’s going to help out a lot. It’s going to go to a lot of good things.
The club has been around for almost 50 years, and its 15 members compete in Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
Along with receiving the contribution, the club helped out during the tournament.
Montgomery, with the aid of the students, cooked up a Dutch oven lunch of barbecued spare ribs, chicken, beans, potatoes and cobbler for dessert.