Tony Jilek looks on as grandson Troy Quesnell displays his silent auction winnings at the 20th anniversary Walk On Gala Sept. 25.Photo by Julie Nelson
Fall Gala raises needed funds for Walk On Therapeutic Riding programs

RIVER FALLS – More than $12,000 was raised through donations and silent and live auction events at Walk On Therapeutic Riding Program’s 20th anniversary Fall Gala held Sept. 25 at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond.

“We didn’t have a gala last year due to Covid,” said Program Director Ken Giske. “People really came out this year and supported the program. The dollars raised are on par with pre-Covid events and will help us continue to provide therapeutic riding programs and care for our equine partners.”

Attendees enjoyed fun and excitement with a barbcue dinner provided by Hurtgen Catering of Hammond and Al Zeihl’s Wild Game of Menomonie, along with live music by the Walk-On Saddle Tramps. Individuals and businesses throughout Pierce and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin and Washington County in Minnesota donated items for the silent and live auctions.

“We were blown away by everyone’s generosity,” Giske said. “We couldn’t put on an event like this without our sponsors providing the venue, food, music, and all the items for the auctions as well as everyone who volunteers to work at the event.”

For 20 years, Walk On has provided individualized horseback riding related to equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding instruction to children and adults with any physical, developmental, social and emotional disabilities.

Event proceeds help support the ongoing operating costs of equine healthcare and feeding and facility maintenance. To learn more about how you or your business can be a major sponsor in 2022, our classes or become a volunteer, contact us at 715-4252025 or go to

Submitted by Walk On Therapeutic Riding

Volunteers Karen Knutson and Libbie Tuthill receive the ‘Katy’s Purple People Award’ from Program Director Ken Giske. This award goes to outstanding volunteers for their service, dedication and support of the mission of Walk On Therapeutic Riding programs. Photo by Julie Nelson

October 27, 2021