Faces of Bright Horizons
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Spring / Summer 2015: As usual this past year has flown by and we are looking forward to another great year in 2015. So far we have had a great winter, with the weather being unseasonably dry and warm. This has allowed our Equine Therapist to spend a great deal of time enjoying the pasture.
We enjoyed another very successful "Hearts for Horses" Benefit. We had a record attendance this year at over 200 people and we want to sincerely thank all of you who attended and contributed items for our auction and to the local restaurants who donated food for your enjoyment. We hope you will plan to attend our 9th Annual Hearts for Horses fundraiser on Jan 23rd, 2016. It will again be at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
We continue to enjoy great support from our community and welcomed grants from the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians Charitable Fund that funds our Scholarship program and a very generous grant for operating expenses from the Lincoln County Nonprofit Social Services Allocation Program. If you know of any organization that we should be applying to, please let us know.
Our ridership continues to grow and we look forward to increased ridership in 2015. We continue to seek out persons of all ages and all abilities to participate in our Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy. We have added an "Adult Evening" class this year that is geared to the beginner on up.
We had to say 'Goodbye' to a couple of our favorite "therapists" this past winter. "Bear" has retired and we said a sad farewell to "Dodge."
Our new additions to the herd are Miss Royal, a lovely AQHA mare who is being leased from Jennavieve Walsh, and "India," an Appaloosa/Walker cross owned by Linda Edwards.
We are always in search of "Perfect" therapy horses. They need to be sound and safe, they need to quietly walk, trot and canter, with at least some 'show or 4-H' training and arena experience. We offer a great care to our equine therapists, light work, turn out, and lots of love and pampering. Let us know if you have a horse that would work to help persons with disabilities.
Be sure to check our Calendar for upcoming events!
Come out and visit us! We look forward to seeing you at the barn!
Until next time, Happy Trails!
Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding
Tammy with her daughter
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The ramp and lift is the result of many donations of cash, materials and manpower which demonstrates what can be done when many sources collaborate to make things happen. The final lynchpin in the effort was the donation of the lift mechanism by Atonement Lutheran Church. They graciously donated the lift which had been utilized by a parishioner who had passed away. Funds for the overhead support rail and installation were made possible by a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund. The ramp was constructed with materials donated by ProBuild Lumber with the generous donation of design and installation work by Mark Hanrahan. Of course the backs and hands of many Bright Horizons volunteers were also necessary to complete all of the work necessary for this project.
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