People attending Rodeo on the River at Trinity Falls were treated to horse-drawn carriage rides through the McKinney-area neighborhood. Approximately 1,000 attended the inaugural event.

Trinity Falls raised $500 for the ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship scholarship program during the community’s Rodeo on the River fall festival that offered something for everyone.

The inaugural event, held Sept. 16, entertained cowboys and cowgirls of all ages with the musical stylings of international indie artist Jolie Holliday and CMA Artist winner and Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Sonny Burgess. Additional activities included trick roping, rodeo clowns, armadillo races, miniature ponies and a photo booth.

Tupps Brewery offered a selection of its handcrafted lagers and ales to thirsty adults. Proceeds from the beer sales, totaling $500, were earmarked for ManeGait. Bales of hay used at the event and worth about $300 also were donated to ManeGait, a nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of horses. In addition to scholarship support, the nonprofit is raising funds to help expand its program.

“We are always looking for ways to help local organizations,” said Jim Baker, general manager of Trinity Falls. “ManeGait was a perfect fit for Rodeo on the River, and we at Trinity Falls are pleased to be able to help them continue their mission.”

Susan Hansen, chief development officer with ManeGait said these types of sponsorships are important for her organization.

“It’s not just the monetary support, but also the public awareness that helps us continue to provide weekly equine therapy to adults and children with physical, emotional and sensory challenges,” she said.

All of the instructors at ManeGait are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. About 300 volunteers come to the facility each week to help with the effort.

Trinity Falls holds fundraisers for McKinney-area charities several times a year, as well as matching donations on the recent North Texas Giving Day (NTGD).

Named the 2016 “Master-Planned Community of the Year” by the Dallas Builders Association, Trinity Falls offers buyers a range of home choices priced from the lower $300,000s.

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