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Published June 19, 2010, 03:36 PM

Horse ride in Moorhead benefits kids with disabilities

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A team of riders and horses took a break from their usual pastures out on the farm and took to the streets of Moorhead, and they did it for a good cause.

What looks like the scene from an old western, is actually Woodlawn Park in Moorhead. Except these cowgirls and cowboys are riding with the wings of angels.

Bette Shipley: “It was always my dream that me and my son would ride together.”

In 2002 Shipley started "Riding on Angels Wings" after she discovered therapy may not just come from a doctor, but a horse.

Bette Shipley: "I put DJ on a horse for the first time. We had him on for about 10-minutes and after those 10-minutes when I went to take him off, he's normally very tight, and he was very relaxed."

Her own son, DJ, has Cerebral Palsy, and with that 10 minutes she created something to not only help her son, but thousands of kids with disabilities.

Sally McCravey: "Bette and DJ have really spurned on this wonderful program that we have here, and we are growing, were growing."

Today's ride is the first for "Riding on Angels Wings" outside of their Felton farm. The trot through the town raises money for the organization, giving kids with disabilities a break from everyday life.

Bette Shipley: "It’s wonderful; it’s wonderful that everybody came out. It’s just amazing. Some of them that have been with us since the beginning, and to see the changes and the strides that they're making and the goals they have achieved, that's what's worth it.”

A desire for a mother to ride with her son is what started it and is also what continues to make it grow. Over 30-riders took part in the three hour ride through Moorhead. They raised over 3-thousand dollars for Riding on Angels Wings to help with construction of a new in-door riding arena.