Fencing Professionals donate time, talent and product to SMILES SMILES Fence Project

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Local volunteers add fence lines for SMILES herd.

Good Neighbors Make Good Fences

A fencing project valued at over $10,000. has been donated to the SMILES Therapeutic Riding Center, in Darien.  The WI/ Northern IL Chapter of The American Fence Association has made this gift possible, and has made a dream come true.  The project was completed on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

Modifications to current fencing were necessary to create both a new lane and a new paddock for the SMILES herd of therapy horses. After 90 posts, and over 1100’of V-mesh, the project was completed, but not without a day’s long effort from over 17 volunteers. Without the skills of association contractors, donation of product, and the loan of specialized machinery, none of this would have been possible.

“Clearly, good neighbors make good fences!” said Gay Stran, Director of the SMILES facility.   “This chapter of fencing professionals has come together in a way that exemplifies professionalism and generosity.  Our clients, and our horses, will benefit from this gift of time and talent.”

Members of the association chapter provided the labor for the day, and products were donated by manufacturers including:  Don Machalk & Son’s Fence Corp. of Ingalls, MI, Hutchison Lumber and Building Products of Manchester, IA, and Keystone Steel & Wire Co. of Peoria, IL.

The SMILES herd extends a huge "Thank You" to all parties involved!