Las Vegas-based Horses 4 Heroes opened a new facility at the historic Tule Springs Ranch after volunteer contractors completed roughly $80,000 worth of work on the weeks-long project and donated an additional $20,000 for the group. Construction charity organization AGC Charities, Inc., with the leadership of Martin-Harris Construction, built a new riding center, mare motel and petting zoo as part of its series of renovation projects known as Operation Opening Doors.
“The least we can do for our veterans and first responders is give them the kind of riding facility that will help them enjoy a few well-earned moments of rest and relaxation,” said Doug Barnhart, chairman of San Diego-based Barnhart-Reese Construction, Inc. and a board member of AGC Charities, Inc. “What is truly amazing is how many contractors from around the area and around the country chipped in with services, materials and money.”
The new facility will allow Horses 4 Heroes to offer riding and animal care programs for significantly more veterans, first responders and their families. Since it was founded in 2006, the local charity has been operating out of the back yard of its founder, Sydney Knott. Volunteer contractors built a new mare motel, riding arena and petting zoo for Horses 4 Heroes at the historic Tule Springs Ranch at Floyd Lamb Park. All told, the group completed over $80,000 worth of work to build the new the facility, free of charge.
AGC Charities teamed up with Las Vegas-based Martin-Harris Construction, which volunteered to serve as lead contractor and oversaw the management of the entire project and solicited donated materials and services.