SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers http://sire-htec.org Providing Therapeutic Horsemanship in greater Houston Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:16:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Keeping Client-Riders in the Saddles http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/keeping-riders-saddles/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/keeping-riders-saddles/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:41:00 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10994   “I’m proud to be able to wear my uniform again and have the opportunity to represent the U.S.A.” Derrick Perkins, SIRE rider and United States ParaEquestrian You should hear our rider Lauren chatting about school. Unremarkable? Her mother says it’s amazing. Years after his spinal cord injury, retired Air Force sergeant Derrick Perkins may…

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Lauren Igler competing at the All SIRE Horse Show

Lauren Igler competing at the All SIRE Horse Show

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Derrick Perkins competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, May 2014.

 

“I’m proud to be able to wear my uniform again and have the opportunity to represent the U.S.A.” Derrick Perkins, SIRE rider and United States ParaEquestrian

You should hear our rider Lauren chatting about school. Unremarkable? Her mother says it’s amazing. Years after his spinal cord injury, retired Air Force sergeant Derrick Perkins may yet compete internationally for the U.S.

Nearly 900,000 people with disabilities live within reach of SIRE. Just like Lauren and Derrick they can overcome limits, if you help.

Lauren’s mother, Ladana, remembers how her daughter struggled with coordination and balance. Climbing stairs would have been like climbing a mountain. “Three months after Lauren started riding at SIRE, I saw her walk up a flight of stairs.” At age 8, Lauren used an assistive device to communicate. Not anymore. “Within three years, she was speaking clearly and in sentences.” (Read more about Lauren here.)

By supporting SIRE, you open the world, inviting our clients to RIDE BEYOND.

It's not seatbelts, velcro or duct tape that keep our clients in the saddle, it's you.

It’s not seatbelts, velcro or duct tape that keep our clients in the saddle, it’s you.

Claire, Lauren, and Leah celebrate State Special Olympic victory.

Claire, Lauren, and Leah celebrate State Special Olympic victory.

Last year, SIRE provided 5,769 therapeutic riding sessions to 307 riders with disabilities. About one-quarter also participate in competition. After being injured in the Air Force, Derrick competed in wheelchair sports. He came to SIRE 6 years ago thinking it would be recreation. “It’s work,” Derrick says with a laugh, “and I have a drill sergeant,” referring to his instructor.

This spring, 59 SIRE riders, the largest contingent ever, brought home 143 awards from the Houston Rodeo Top Hands Horse Show. Nearly as many competed in Special Olympics, winning 57 gold medals. Nita, a grandparent of one of our clients, said after a competition, “Jason won and he’s never been first in anything before.” Renee says her daughter Claire comes home with trophies and says ‘I’m a winner!’

Join our winning team!  Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or more will provide the opportunity for more to RIDE BEYOND.

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Equiphoria

Scene from Equiphoria from the Winter 2014 issue of Strides from PATH International

Scene from Equiphoria from the Winter 2014 issue of Strides from PATH International

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Our therapists are our horses.

 

This summer Equest and SIRE were delighted to host Michelle Weed of the U.S. and from France, Hélène Viruega of Equiphoria and Marianne Vidament of the Institut Français du Cheval et de l’équitation.

[See below for information on the study of therapeutic riding and Multiple Sclerosis.]

Runa has no problem stepping on a tarp when food beckons.

Runa has no problem stepping on a tarp when food beckons.

Michelle - a PATH Intl Registered Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Mentor, and Site Visitor - served as the liaison for our French visitors. Hélène Viruega recently built Equiphoria, a therapeutic riding center in a country well-known for horsemanship. But therapeutic riding and hippotherapy are not as well known. Hélène’s idea was to show through scientific research that therapy horses are qualitatively different from horses used in other activities.

So Marianne and Hélène were here to assess the temperament of horses used in therapeutic riding. Where better to find the best therapy horses than at SIRE and Equest, two of the world’s largest and most recognized therapeutic riding centers? Between the two, we could offer more than 50 test subjects.

Our horses all seemed to pass every test with ease. Marianne will be comparing the test results on the therapy horses with test results on young French show horses. We’ll be sure to pass on the results when published!

 

 

Hootie finds a suddenly-opened umbrella interesting but not worrying. (Note the markers on the ground so that all every horse is exposed from the same distance.)

Hootie finds a suddenly-opened umbrella interesting but not worrying. (Note the markers on the ground so that all every horse is exposed from the same distance.)


Multiple Sclerosis Study

There are 77 different diagnoses among SIRE’s current riders. Attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people with these disabilities all benefit from riding at SIRE. For a study on multiple sclerosis by the University of Texas Medical Branch, SIRE currently is enrolling qualifying riders. (Contact Tara Patterson for study requirements.) In SIRE’s most recent effectiveness survey, 98% of the responding riders reported experiencing physical improvement and 100% reported emotional benefits from therapeutic horsemanship.

See more on the study’s sponsors here.

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Suds, Scenes & SIRE ~ Perseverance and Heart http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/suds-2014-blog-1/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/suds-2014-blog-1/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:00:06 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10888 Saturday, August 23, 2014. 6 – 11 pm Alamo Drafthouse 114 Vintage Park Blvd, #J Houston, TX 77070 Beer, wine, dinner, speakers, auction and movie (See below for a quick preview of some auction items.) $50.00 per ticket casual attire Don’t miss the chance to grab tickets or sponsor this year’s Suds featuring Hidalgo. Last year’s Suds, Scenes…

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Suds, Scenes & SIRE featuring Hidalgo
Saturday, August 23, 2014. 6 – 11 pmSuds, scenes, and SIRE logo by Tod Gilpin
Alamo Drafthouse
114 Vintage Park Blvd, #J
Houston, TX 77070

Beer, wine, dinner, speakers, auction and movie

(See below for a quick preview of some auction items.)

$50.00 per ticket
casual attire

Don’t miss the chance to grab tickets or sponsor this year’s Suds featuring Hidalgo. Last year’s Suds, Scenes and SIRE featuring Secretariat was tremendous fun and raised over $11,000 to support SIRE’s clients. See 2013 photos here. Consider investing in a sponsorship today to guarantee seating for you and your friends, seats are selling fast.

Hidalgo follows a story from the 1890s of a mustang and a down-and-out cowboy, Frank T. Hopkins, as they race across the desert in the legendary Ocean of Fire long-distance race.

Darolyn Butler poses with one of her endurance horsesNational and international endurance champion and SIRE supporter Darolyn Butler will tell her personal horse-human connection stories, how horses shape her life and improve the lives of SIRE’s clients. In her life as a horsewoman, Darolyn has shown quarter horses, competed in rodeos, won beauty pageants, trained Arab and Thoroughbred racehorses, and owned a horse-focused instructional video company. Over her 30-year and 30,000 mile career  as a competitive endurance rider, she has won several national championships, represented the United States in international competition, and has coached other national and international horse and rider competitors.

Darolyn also offers the public the opportunity to ride on some of the best endurance horses on the world at her Cypress Trails Equestrian Center. You may recognize the name from SIRE events, too, since Darolyn graciously donates gift certificates for many of our events.

Select Auction Items

Howl at the Moon entrance

Happy Hour Party for 100 at Howl at the Moon

with great features – no cover, first two drinks for each guest are $1 each, Thursday or Friday night (complimentary appetizer buffet on Friday)

 

 

Aggie Timeline Print by Benjamin Knox

Texas A&M Memorabilia
Aggie Time Line print from the Benjamin Knox Gallery in College Station

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SIRE “Offering Hope to Many” Heights Pages June 2014 http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/heights_pages_june_2014/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/heights_pages_june_2014/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:01:02 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10975   Check out the June issue of Heights Magazine, for stories about some of our supporters, clients, and volunteers who live in the Heights.     You merge onto the freeway, the skyscrapers of downtown Houston at your back. It’s early Saturday, so the ribbon of road ahead of you for once has few cars.…

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Hts mag

 

Check out the June issue of Heights Magazine, for stories about some of our supporters, clients, and volunteers who live in the Heights.

 

 

You merge onto the freeway, the skyscrapers of downtown Houston at your back. It’s early Saturday, so the ribbon of road ahead of you for once has few cars. The drive goes smoothly. Turning off the freeway, you pass through the gates for SIRE – Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center after just a few more miles. From the drive and living in Houston, you know we’re big and spread out. Even so, it’s hard to believe nearly 900,000 people with disabilities live in the Houston area. SIRE, a Houston area nonprofit, has a mission to change those lives through accredited therapeutic horsemanship programs.
One recent visitor, stepping out of her car at SIRE, exclaimed “It’s like a spa, it’s so peaceful!” SIRE’s three locations – in Hockley, Spring, and Richmond – each have a distinctive country feel though they are less than an hour’s drive from the Heights.
At first glance, SIRE may look like any other stable. Look more closely, though, and you’ll notice nearly every rider has a helper on foot guiding each horse. Most riders also have one or two more helpers, called sidewalkers, walking next to the horse alongside the rider. Waiting riders may be sitting in wheelchairs or leaning on walkers. Others might be in a parent’s arms or sitting alone, humming and staring off into space.
Riders here, like those anywhere, are learning riding skills and are gaining strength and flexibility. But this is SIRE, where riders and their families benefit so much more. SIRE’s horses, donors and volunteers build strength, empathy, and motivation, enabling more productive, fulfilling and independent lives. Riders can start as young as three, even younger in some cases. You’ll also find many middle-aged riders and even some well north of retirement age. The same can be said of SIRE’s volunteers. Currently, SIRE and its 400 volunteers serve more than 300 riders a year, with 230 riding each week.

 

You can read the rest of the article, with stories about SIRE client George Daponte and volunteer Karla Goolsby – both at the Spring site – and SIRE supporter Tonya Daily, all Heights residents, here.

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Keely McIntosh to represent Texas in the

FEI* North American Junior & Young Rider Championships

 

NAJYRC 2014 logoSIRE has been very grateful to receive support (and horses) from Keely’s mother, Jenny Booth. We’re so proud of Keely, who as a youngster volunteered at SIRE and supported SIRE events.

By placing in four Grand Prix Show Jumping classes this spring, Keely and her Holsteiner Accordance earned a slot to represent Texas at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) July 15th through 20th at the Kentucky Horse Park. Keely McIntosh and Jenny Booth's Holsteiner Accordance

Though Keely rode before she could walk and took Pony Club tests before she could read, her trip to the championships hasn’t always been smooth. While preparing to compete two summers ago in  2012, her horse stumbled a few strides after a jump, fell, and landed on top of Keely. Her helmet saved her life but it still took months of recovery before Keely could drive, start college, or even ride her beloved horses.  Read more about Keely and Helmet Awareness Day here.

The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition for riders age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual medals in the show jumping, dressage, eventing, reining and endurance.

The USEFNetwork will be live streaming everything from the Rolex Stadium on  Friday July 18th, Saturday July 19th, and Sunday July 20th, 2014.

*Fédération Equestre Internationale, the international governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines

UPDATE:

Congratulations to a fine team and respectable results (top 20) in individual competition.

Keely’s team, Zone 7 (Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas), finished just out of the medals in 4th place.  Hockley volunteer coordinator, Kimberly McDonell, was in the stands to cheer Keely and says Accordance went well except for a totally incharacteristic refusal when he seemed to have totally lost focus. Stay tuned, though, I’m sure we’ll see more great things from this pair.

Zone 3 (Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia) scored team gold. They finished on a total of 14 faults. Zone 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee) claimed the Team Silver medal with a total of 35 faults. The Bronze medal went to a three-person team from Zone 2 (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania). Team member Michael Hughes (18, Allendale, N.J.) and Luxina had the best day in the Young Rider team competition, being the only pair to go double clear. Read more here and watch on-demand videos here.

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SIRE Arena Volunteer Training August 2014 http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/volunteer-training-august-2014/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/volunteer-training-august-2014/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:42:46 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=2787 SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, will be hosting volunteer training on Saturday, August 23rd from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at our sites in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend. You’ll be joining a great group doing a fantastic service for people with disabilities. In 2013, 550 SIRE volunteers served 33,268 hours valued at $736,570. Of our volunteers,…

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SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, will be hosting volunteer training on Saturday, August 23rd from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at our sites in Hockley, Spring and Fort Bend.

You’ll be joining a great group doing a fantastic service for people with disabilities. In 2013, 550 SIRE volunteers served 33,268 hours valued at $736,570. Of our volunteers, ¼ are teenagers and 24 volunteers have devoted more than 1,000 hours each to SIRE.

Each SIRE client relies upon at least one and often up to three volunteers during his or her therapeutic horsemanship sessions. Likewise, our clients also rely upon community support to afford SIRE’s services. On average, SIRE clients pay for 17% of the cost of their sessions, with underwriting and financial aid making up the difference. There are lots of opportunities for volunteers to be involved in helping out with special events and other ways of raising community awareness and support.

In the arena or outside, you’ll be helping with therapeutic horsemanship in an organization serving more than 300 people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. It’s the spirit and movement of our therapy horses that helps our clients gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a better quality of life. Over 30 years old, SIRE has a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and employs 4 of the 30 Master level PATH Int’l instructors.

To be an arena or lesson volunteer, you must be at least 14 and able to walk in sand for up to an hour. SIRE currently serves clients Tuesday through Saturday, with morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available. Arena volunteers should be able to commit to an hour and a half of service on site for most weeks during the semester (like a school semester). Horse knowledge is not required of volunteers, though it is helpful. If you want to add to your knowledge in a more formal way, volunteers do receive discounted rates for all SIRE educational clinics and classes.

Learn more about SIRE and get to know more people by serving on committees for the gala, ride-a-thon, movie night, golf tournament, and Horses for Armed Forces. Some volunteer work can be done at home and we also love help in the barn and on the grounds.

You can pre-register for the volunteer training here. Use the same form to ask any questions you might have for the volunteer coordinators.

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Whole Foods Market Champions and SIRE Make a Great Team http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/whole-foods-market-champions-sire/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/whole-foods-market-champions-sire/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:34:56 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10686 The post Whole Foods Market Champions and SIRE Make a Great Team appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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Whole Foods Market- Champions Store and SIRE

Whole Foods Champions 1% Day

Whole Foods Champions 1% Day

On June 29th, as part of the Whole Foods Market Champions store Grand Opening, SIRE gave demonstrations and taught how we keep our horses at optimum health for the best experiences for our clients. A few hundred store guests were able to learn about horse nutrition, get a close-up look at some of our adaptive equipment, and visit with two miniature therapy horses, Oreo and Rosie, and two full sized therapy horses, Bob and Hadley. In store displays were set up informing guest of many of the important parts that go into a horse’s diet such as grains, minerals, salts, and carbohydrates. As part of the Whole Foods Market charitable giving appreciation, the Champions store donating 1% of their net proceeds that day to SIRE!

Collaborative volunteers from the National Charity League and several SIRE clients took part in the festivities including Shelby Day who helped out as her parents chatted with others and shopped. Shelby was heard saying “this is where I want to be, I’m the happiest girl alive” as she stood with Bob, answering questions about her riding and the horses she loves.

As the year of the horse continues we want everyone to remember the importance of a healthy horse makes for a healthy ride and experience for SIRE’s clients. A partnership with Whole Foods Market means that we can continue our mission and educate the community about the need for therapeutic horsemanship while improving the quality of life for people with special needs.In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, both SIRE and Whole Foods Market value and operate through teamwork. Whole Foods Market benefits from the knowledge that “success is dependent on collaborative energy and intelligence of the team,” and likewise, at SIRE, success is dependent on the quality of our team: the rider, horse leader, side walkers, the instructor, support staff, and of course the therapy horse.

SIRE has been designated a Premier Accredited Center since 1984 by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. 98% of our clients report physical improvement. The benefits extend to families and schools. Clients who gain the stamina to sit up on a moving horse for 45 minutes can join the family dinner. Others who gain self-control can participate more meaningfully in their school classes. Paige Pharis, a parent of a SIRE rider said “My child began as a non-verbal, anti-social young girl. Through the love and dedication of the SIRE staff, volunteers and wonderful horses, she is a happy, confident, funny young lady.” Though the details change, the basic story of improvements, of “Riding Beyond,” repeats for every one of our 307 riders. Add to that our more than 400 volunteers who donated 33,268 hours of their time in 2013, worth $736,570. And SIRE’s award-winning staff delivered 2,556 hours of training to other professionals in 2013.

SIRE provides a Reduced Tuition Program and wants to expand the program to more families. Last year 20% of our clients participated in the Reduced Tuition Program to the sum of $36,666.00. Support from Whole Foods Market and other generous supports help with program costs and in-kind donations so we can continue to make the program affordable for people of all economic situations. As our resource base improves, we can offer services to even more people. These services change lives and help our riders “Ride Beyond” into more strength, confidence, and independence. First words, first steps, first smiles all happen because of generous supporters who care about making a difference through SIRE.

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SIRE Rider & Para-Dressage Athlete Derrick Perkins http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/para-dressage_athlete_derrick_perkins/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/para-dressage_athlete_derrick_perkins/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:54:10 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10700 All of SIRE watched in awe this spring as SIRE client (and so much more) Derrick Perkins began his campaign to represent the United States in international competition as a para-equestrian. Those of us who follow upper-level dressage were proud and just a bit envious knowing Derrick was competing at the Wellington, Florida showgrounds in the Adequan…

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Adequan Global Dressage Festival

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All of SIRE watched in awe this spring as SIRE client (and so much more) Derrick Perkins began his campaign to represent the United States in international competition as a para-equestrian. Those of us who follow upper-level dressage were proud and just a bit envious knowing Derrick was competing at the Wellington, Florida showgrounds in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Not only that, but Derrick also was interviewed in the show magazine. Below is Derrick’s answer to one question. Read the rest here.

What’s been some of the more rewarding parts of being a Para-Dressage athlete?

For me, it’s still therapeutic riding. I’m still getting stronger and better. Obviously,it’s nice to be on this stage,especially on this level. It was awesome to go into [The Stadium for the Para-Dressage exhibition during “Friday Night Stars”].The fact that it’s representing the USA [is also rewarding].

It’s kind of a change. For years I did that with the Air Force and then being in sports on the Olympic level. I thought my entry would be taekwondo. When I was active duty, that’s when I really got serious. I was looking forward to going that route, but then I got injured. Being able to participate now, and potentially participate – I will participate – on the Paralympic team and represent the U.S., is a big motivator. I got my qualifying score yesterday, so I was really excited about that.

Read the entire article.

UPDATE: Congratulations are in order for all the athletes competing at the United States Equestrian Federations’s Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship in June 2014 at the USEF headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey. The championship also served as the Selection Trial for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). For the sixth time in history, Grade II Para-Dressage rider from Unionville, Penn., Rebecca Hart, took home the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship with an average score of 74.642.

Observers noted the event was one of the most competitive Championships/Trials in Para-Dressage history. We’re very proud of Derrick Perkins and NTEC Hans (Oldenburg), owned by Kai Handt, who placed 5th in Grade 1a with a score of 60.497%. Though Derrick did not qualify for the World Games, to be able to go from competing at local shows to the national stage in less than a year remains a noteworthy accomplishment. We wish Derrick much success as he continues to seek his dream and Rides Beyond!

Derrick also takes his role as an ambassador for para-equestrian sport seriously. He took time out of his preparing for the championships to participate in the first ever Wounded Warrior Introductory Seminar in Wylie, Texas May 2014. Did you know therapeutic horsemanship grew in large part through its use in rehabilitating wounded soldiers from WWII? Read more about the seminar and military history and therapeutic riding here.

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SIRE Rider Emileigh Marsh featured as “Inspiring Junior” http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/sire-rider-emileigh-marsh/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/sire-rider-emileigh-marsh/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:50:56 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10576 The post SIRE Rider Emileigh Marsh featured as “Inspiring Junior” appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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SIRE rider awarded with recognition in

“The Wall Street Journal for Horses”

SIRE rider featured in Chronicle of the Horse Junior IssueSIRE gets special attention in June 23rd issue of The Chronicle of the Horse. It’s the Junior & Pony Issue, jam-packed with great content!

Best of all, SIRE rider Emileigh Marsh is featured. She’s one of just 18 special young riders. Take time to read the captions. Each rider truly is inspiring.

SIRE rider Emileigh Marsh in Chronicle of the Horse
Emileigh’s story reads,

Therapeutic riding has helped Emileigh battle the effects of her cerebral palsy, seizures, ADHD and anxiety. Even though she’s only 7 she’s already spreading the joy of spending time with horses. She rides and volunteers at the SIRE therapeutic riding program and has inspired her parents to volunteer at the program as well.

In calling for nominations, the Chronicle asked the public,

“Do you know an extraordinary junior who inspires everyone around? We’re looking for special equestrians under 18 who are excelling in a major way to feature in The Chronicle’s annual Junior and Pony issue. Maybe they’re organizing fundraisers or they’ve overcome incredible obstacles at a young age, or they’re achieving in a big way on horseback and in another venue.”

Congratulations, Emileigh! And a great big thanks to her mom Kelly, who spends hours at the ride-a-thon each year. She also represents Hockley riders’ families on the Friends and Family Committee for the SIRE board. Dad, Bobby, has helped tremendously with the SIRE Hockley grounds and facility.

 

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Whole Foods Market Champions Community Giving Day, Helping SIRE Ride Beyond http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/whole-foods-market-champions-community-giving-day-helping-sire-ride-beyond/ http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/whole-foods-market-champions-community-giving-day-helping-sire-ride-beyond/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:50:56 +0000 http://sire-htec.org/?p=10548 The post Whole Foods Market Champions Community Giving Day, Helping SIRE Ride Beyond appeared first on SIRE, Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers.

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Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day!

Whole Foods MarketJoin us Sunday, June 29th, at the Grand Opening of the first Whole Foods Market store in North Houston, where we’ll have a horse and Whole Foods Market will be donating 1% of their net proceeds that day to SIRE!

SIRE will be giving demonstrations and teaching how we keep our horses at optimum health for the best experiences for our clients. Store guests can expect to learn about horse nutrition, get a close-up look at some of our adaptive equipment, and visit with a therapy horse who will be on site!

SIRE and Whole Foods Market operate to meet the needs of the local community. One core value of Whole Foods Market is that “Success is dependent on collaborative energy and intelligence of the team,” and likewise, at SIRE, success is dependent on the quality of our team: the rider, horse leader, side walkers, the instructor, support staff, and of course the therapy horse.

Join us at Whole Foods Market!

Sunday, June 29th 8 am-6 pm
10133 Louetta Road
Houston, TX 77070

Map & Directions

Whole Foods Market Champions Community Giving Day

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