Emergency Campaign to Repair Roof
Northwestern Stables, Inc. is hoping to Raise the Roof on the Lesson Barn. The 30-year old roof has been ravaged by winter and summer storms, and its continuing deterioration poses an imminent threat.
Our aim is to raise $150,000 by the end of the year to for the health and safety of Rocky, Major, Forrest Gump, and a dozen other horses. Among the building’s residents are thoroughbreds being rehabilitated, retrained, and rehomed through Northwestern’s successful Racehorse Restart program.
The Board of Directors has designated $40,000 toward the roof project. Though a significant investment, it is not enough to address all the needs of the massive 85-yard-long structure. An additional $110,000 is needed to greenlight the project, which will also include new interior ceiling tiles.
The mission of the Northwestern is to educate, empower, and engage riders and the community through horsemanship. Its program includes lessons for more than 120 children and adults weekly, a popular summer camp, and a competitive Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team, which allows junior and high school riders to compete without owning a horse. Northwestern also proudly serves as the home barn and coaching staff for the University of Pennsylvania Equestrian Team.
The Stable’s unique location near the entrance to Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park means thousands see its horses up close and close to home every week. Horse-themed public events, such as Haunted Horses and Hippity Hoppity Horses are popular family affairs that have made Northwestern a fun destination for visitors of all ages.
Although the property is owned by the City of Philadelphia, Northwestern Stables, Inc. receives no City funding for operations or capital improvements and is solely responsible for maintenance and repairs.