The Gering City Council Monday evening cleared the way with a zoning change that will allow Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy to build an indoor arena on donated land on the south edge of Gering.
City Planner Annie Folck told the council approval of the Ag Estate Dwelling Site in the agricultural zoned property was necessary to begin construction on the 66′ x 120′ indoor arena.
Folck said that with the recent conditional use permit and variance approval allowing them to break off a portion of the “ag” land to be used for the arena, the approval of the Ag Estate Dwelling Site (AEDS) in the AGG zone (General Agricultureal District) was the final step clearing the way for construction to begin.
Buckboard founder and executive Director Kathy Gatch told KNEB News they will now continue the process of clearing the land off in preparation to build.
She says once fill dirt is brought in, packed and leveled, they will be ready to begin construction.
Gatch says they are around halfway to their $150,000 goal, and have a number of fundraising efforts in the coming months that are in the planning stage now.
Gatch thanked rural Gering couple Kenneth and Gladyce Helzer who recently donated the land for the facility at 14th and Floral just south of Gering.
She also praised the efforts of supporter Dr. Daryl Wills, who helped facilitate the land donation for Buckboard.
Gatch also said she was so thankful for the community support the Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy has received since it’s inception.
Since 1998, Buckboard has been offering equine-assisted activities and pleasure horseback riding to disabled adults and children.
This program combines instruction in traditional horsemanship skills with the concepts of physical therapy.