Shoppers in Duluth saddle up with North Country RIDE

By KBJR News 1

May 10, 2014 Updated May 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - North Country RIDE was asking Northlanders to shop for charity at Barnes and Noble Saturday.

North Country RIDE volunteers gave out free vouchers to shoppers during the book Fair, which could then be presented during their Barnes and Noble purchase to donate a portion of the sale on behalf of the charity.

For 30 years North Country Ride has operated out of Esko Minnesota to provide therapeutic horseback riding sessions to those with disabilities, behavioral problems or other life challenges.

While the organization is known for its work with children, they cater to adults as well.

But staff says regardless of age the experience is truly special.

"You see a lot of people very timid," said herd coordinator Diane Vukelich, "some people come in there, it's like 'I'm not touching that horse.' Maybe by the end of an hour, maybe two hours it's like, 'I'm gonna get on that horse.' Then they get on it and they're just hugging it and kissing it," she added, "it's wonderful."

For those who prefer shopping online, each voucher comes with a code that can be entered on the Barnes and Noble website.

Al Skomars