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Mar 7, 2013 9:57 PM by Lacey Steele

Therapeutic riding center in Pueblo West will close

It's a place known for helping those with disabilities.

Now the Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Pueblo West, also known as TREC, is closing down.

"There's something magical between human beings and horses," said David Russell, TREC Vice-Chairman.

Horses have a way of helping those with disabilities.

"When you work at a place like TREC or are involved with it, you see it all the time," said Russell. "They make miracles happen."

But there's no miracle for TREC.

Officials say they're going to have to close their doors.

"We did not have the donations from the community we needed to be sustainable," said Russell.

And having enough riders has added to their problems.

"We didn't have the input from the health and therapeutic community we needed, which would refer our riders to us, so we didn't have as many riders as we should have," said Russell.

So what happens to all their gear and donated item?

We're told all assets will be liquidated to pay for any outstanding obligations.

None will be kept.

"Any assets left over, according to our bylaws, have to go to a similar 501c3 organization in the state of Colorado, so probably another therapeutic riding center," said Russell.

They say it was the best decision they could make....

"Before we got into trouble like a lot of organizations do in terms of running into debt, we decided to be professional and business-like and close it down," said Russell.

Remember: TREC has touched 100's of lives between volunteers and riders in the past 13 years, so maybe it won't be over forever.

"I hope it comes back," said Russell. "I hope some group or some people in the future decide to resurrect us."

And there is still hope for people in need.. up in Elbert - there's the Pike's Peak Therapeutic Riding Center.

They want people to know there's a difference between closing the center and dissolving it completely.

They're only closing, which means they keep their status with the state making it easier for someone to start it back up in the future.

 

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