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  • 2014 Supporters – Pt.1
  • VA Medical Centers Partner with Therapeutic Riding Programs VAnguard, a newsletter for and about VA employees nationwide, featured an article about the partnerships between the VA medical centers nationwide and horseback riding facilities to provide therapeutic riding programs to wounded veterans. In part, the article reads: “The NARHA Horses for Heroes program was launched a year ago at SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers’ ...
  • 2014 Special Olympics Area 4 & 6 Over the weekend two of the three SIRE sites competed in area Special Olympics competitions. Ten riders from SIRE’s Hockley site competed and together won 7 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 4 bronze medals, and 3 fourth place awards. At the Spring site a whopping 17 SIRE clients competed and ended the day with 16 ...
  • Dinner, art gallery & presentation at Veritas benefit SIRE Please join us as the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation and Veritas Steak and Seafood Restaurant showcase SIRE. Spread the word, too. The evening is designed to be informative and fun for those who know little about SIRE.Veritas Restaurant1550 Lake Pointe ParkwaySugar Land, TX 77478Wednesday April 16, 20145:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Be sure to confirm your attendance by ...
  • Join us for dinner at Veritas Join SIRE for dinner at the Veritas Steak & Seafood restaurant. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 1550 Lake Pointe Pkwy #500Sugar Land TX 77478Enjoy a spectacular three course meal while supporting SIRE. Seating is limited. Contact Stephanie to make a reservation stam-borello@live.com  
  • Benefit Concert featuring “The Zen Cowboy” Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy,” has been playing, recording and writing music for more than 40 years. He’s known for his strong smooth vocals, nimble guitar playing, distinctive story songs and ironic wit. He is perhaps best-known for his songs “Cadillac Cowboy,” recorded by the late Chris LeDoux and “Jaded Lover,” made famous by Jerry ...
  • Ride Beyond Gala Auction PREVIEW The Big Event Happening SoonGala donors, sponsors, volunteers and guests contribute tremendously to SIRE’s riders and underwrite 20% of SIRE’s budget. We’re just 2 months away!Some of us may work in a barn but we are tech-savvy too.  Bring your smart phone, no paper bid sheets!Bring your smart devices to the Ride Beyond Gala May 3, ...
  • A Sad Farewell to Chester  It was with great sadness and a heavy heart that we said goodbye to longtime therapy pony Chester on Tuesday, March 4th.  We discovered Chester that morning unable to put any weight on his hind leg.  Even under those conditions, Chester bravely got into and out of the trailer for a ride to the veterinarian.  ...
  • Sip for SIRE Monday, March 3, 2014 6:00pm-8:00pmBRIX Wine Cellars- 110 Vintage Park Blvd. Ste T. Houston, Tx 77070BRIX Wine Cellars and SIRE have teamed up to offer a wonderful way to support the 2014 SIRE Ride Beyond Gala, celebrating the Year of the Horse. Enjoy an evening of sipping, savoring and supporting a worthy cause with ...
  • Ride Beyond Gala Auction Baskets If you are an arena volunteer or spend time at one of our three sites you may have noticed some beautifully decorated posters around the barn. Each poster has a unique theme with numerous related items listed at the bottom. The goal is for all of the items to be picked up and brought back ...
  • 2014 Top Hands Show Results In February, 59 SIRE riders competed in the show put on by the Houston Rodeo’s Special Children’s Committee. Riders from all over the state come to compete. Congratulations! SIRE riders brought home 143 awards, including 18 first place belt buckles, 23 second place and 19 third place trophies. All honored the ”Top Hands King of the Show,”Archie ...
  • 2014 Top Hands Information Reliant Arena Location and Directions From 610 west, take Fannin exit, u-turn and stay on feeder, then take the first entrance into Reliant Park, entrance 5 on right after between Fannin and Kirby. See also http://reliantpark.com/directions-parking. PARKING AND SHOW ENTRY ARE FREE. Loop around the parking lot to the right (just tell them you are there for the ...
  • Administrative Workshop Calling All Administrators! SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship of Houston Texas will be offering a Workshop for Non-Profit Managers in the Therapeutic Riding Industry… And Beyond!Join the SIRE Development Team, headed by Executive Director Lili Kellogg as they share their knowledge and experience.The workshop will be held on March 20-22, 2014 at the SIRE, Hockley location. Workshop topics includePrinciples ...
  • Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program Do you know a great, young, SIRE volunteer? Now through March 14, 2014 the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program is accepting nominations. Volunteers should be between the ages of 6 to 18 years oldHas not graduated from high school yet Top winners receive $10,000 eachTo nominate a young volunteer, go to kohls.scholarshipamerica.org and follow the online instructions. Anyone over the ...
  • Upcoming 2014 Events and Competitions  Stay tuned and check SIRE’s website frequently for updates on our upcoming events and competitions. Top Hands Horse Show (February 20-23 Reliant Arena)  This show is put on by the Special Children’s Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  Riders from programs all over Texas participate. We need many volunteers in order for our clients to ...
  • Seeing minis in SIRE’s future At SIRE, we are always growing, learning and expanding our programs to best suit the needs of our clients and community members. In 2013, advanced level instructor Jen Donahue was brought into the SIRE family. She has years of experience not only in therapeutic riding but also with driving. After teaching at the SIRE Fort Bend ...
  • Fort Bend welcomes Toni McConway as Site Director With the New Year comes new beginnings. Joelle Devlin, Site Director and Head Instructor at SIRE’s Fort Bend site, has resigned those positions as of the end of 2013. We’re pleased Joelle will continue with SIRE as an instructor at the Hockley site. Joelle has been an integral part in helping to maintain SIRE’s vision ...
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals Community Service Day Gail Goodrich with Merck Pharmaceuticals coordinated a community service project at the Spring site on December 12th.  Approximately twenty enthusiastic employees, including Spring volunteer Karolina Kata, spent the day assisting with a variety of projects.  One group set up the sensory work station we received from Hockley in one of our outdoor arenas.Another group cleaned ...
  • Deer Park High School Visit On December 4th teacher Judy King from Deer Park High School brought twenty five students from her Counseling and Mental Health class to visit the Spring site.  The students toured the facility and observed classes.  They were also able to interact with several SIRE riders.  Client parents Sabrina Teeter and Vanessa Santillan spoke to the ...
  • Everything Equine, AKA The Horse Club Last year long time SIRE volunteer and parent, Joetta Adkins, was was asked to start a club at Waller Junior High School where she teaches. As an equine fanatic it was easy for Joetta to plan and start an Everything Equine club. The sixth and seventh graders of Waller Junior High were excited to learn ...