Group collects $12,000 for charity |

Group collects $12,000 for charity

Holly Atchison

The Carson Valley Arabian Horse Association, a non-profit club in Gardnerville, raised $12,000 for the Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program (HELP).

The money was raised through the second annual stallion auction.

Delores Sheets, founder of the club, said stallion owners from all over the United States donated a breeding from their horses to the event and the breedings were bid on.

Sheets said the club was looking for a charity when a friend told her about HELP.

“We are a horse-related club, and we wanted the money to go to a horse related youth charity,” Sheets said.

HELP is located in Moorpark, Calif. and gives riding lessons to handicapped children, according to Pete Peters, representative for HELP.

There are about 150 children in the program, and they ride every Saturday, Peters said.

HELP is also involved in the Ventura County Special Olympics. Peters said he and his wife started the equestrian division of the Special Olympics.

“Our club has always wanted to raise money for a charity,” said Carmen Altemueller, director of the Carson Valley Arabian Horse Association.

She said they are looking for a new charity to help in the future.

Sheets started the club three years ago when she realized the closest club of the same type was in Reno. She felt there was a need for one in the Valley.

“We thought because the Valley has grown so much and there are a lot of horses in the Valley, we should have one,” Sheets said.

Currently there are 45 members in the club. New members are encouraged to join, Sheets said.

“They don’t have to have horses, and they don’t have to have arabians,” she said. “Anybody who loves horses is welcome.”

“We are a service-oriented club. We have barbecues, trail rides and potlucks.”

For more information on the Carson Valley Arabian Horse Association, call Delores Sheets at 265-2287 or Carmen Altemueller at 267-4599.

For more information on HELP, call Pete Peters at (805) 529-1888.