Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Blind Kids Saddle Up for Riding Lessons
Pilot Program Hopes to Continue in Fall
Friday, July 22, 2011
By Rebecca Robbins
Friday, July 15, 2011
“The value of therapeutic horseback riding will always stay with me,” he noted. “So often when a person begins riding at Hearts, what I hear is, ‘I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. But let me put them on a horse and after six weeks I will hear, ‘I can, I can, I can!’ It’s astounding to see such change in the capabilities and attitudes of our riders.”
Phil is passionate about encouraging others to overcome challenges. He has been a great mentor, coach and friend to our riders and volunteers. We will miss his positive attitude and generous spirit. Phil -- come back and visit us soon!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Hearts Annual Report is now available, showing our growth and accomplishments in 2010.
We are grateful to our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, staff members, volunteers, families and donors for doing your part in helping Hearts grow into a thriving organization and a uniquely warm and supportive community.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|Andy Dowen, Lesley Torgeson, Tamara Simmons, Mark Pasternak|
Hearts is proud to announce that 5 new members have joined our Board of Directors.
We are grateful for the faithful dedication of our long-standing board members: Barbara Toumayan, John Reardon, Lisa Runyen, Mark Pasternak, Katie Upton, Pam Cary and Bruce Bennett.
We are excited to welcome our newest board members: Nancy Tuomey, Lesley Torgeson, Dr. David Agnew, Andy Dowen and Tamara Simmons.
The Board is responsible for conducting long-range planning, establishing organizational policies, and raising funds to ensure the long-term sustainability of Hearts. Thank you all for your enthusiasm about Hearts and your dedication to our riders.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sage loves not only riding, but raking the dirt, feeding the horses, and pointing out to whoever may be near that a horse left poo-poo on the ground.
Riding at Hearts helps Sage learn to speak. He can understand everything and is very smart, but his brain is not able to communicate to his mouth how to form sounds and therefore, words. This is a very frustrating and scary disorder. One of the biggest factors in how soon and how well Sage will learn to speak is how many times he is able to get effective speech therapy. Sage sees a speech pathologist twice a week and rides at Hearts once a week where he also works on his speech.
Sage’s mom reports that “Even though he has speech therapy twice a week at home, it’s his lessons at Hearts that make the biggest difference in his progress. In regular therapy it’s easy for Sage to get bored and distracted. However, when he is atop a horse, he is always excited and engaged. He longs to be able to communicate with his horse Cocoa, and he has made incredible progress since he started riding.”
Because of Hearts, Sage is finding confidence in himself, and --- literally --- because of Hearts, we are hopeful that Sage will learn to talk one day. His mother is grateful to our supporters. She writes, “I cannot thank you enough for all that your generosity means to Hearts and especially to children like Sage and moms like me who get to watch their children thrive atop a horse”.