Dozens of riders brought their horses to Camp Virgil Tate in Sissonville, WV over the weekend to raise money for a good cause.
Barns at the 4-H camp ground in Kanawha County are falling apart, and camp leaders believe in a few years the facility will be too dangerous to host their annual horse camp.
The Southern District 4-H Horse Camp has launched a barn raising campaign.
The trail ride was geared at helping collect some of the money needed for that project. There were guided rides around the property, prize drawings and even a camp fire Saturday night.
The barns at Camp Virgil Tate were built over 40 years ago.
Since then they have seen thousands of campers and their horses pass through.
The barns house animals for the week long camp every year.
During the 2013 Horse Camp in June, children and their horses had to deal with wet conditions. They had to modify stall arrangements because some of the stalls were flooding. They have permanently closed one of the four barns to campers.
The total cost for demolition of the existing barns, repair and replacement of the underground drainage system and construction of new barns is estimated at $250,000.
Each year 65 to 75 campers from the Kanawha Valley and as far away as the eastern panhandle attend camp with their horses.
The camp has been in existence since 1970 and is the only statewide 4-H camp in West Virginia. Campers learn how to care for their horses and learn proper handling and riding skills. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 21 years.
To learn more about how you can help the organization build new barns call the Putnam County Extension Office at 304-586-0217.