“Faces Light Up” was published in the Winter 2014 edition of Amarillo Living Magazine.
Our own Rachael Wade was a guest on Fox 14. She stopped by the studio to share information about our Shoot for the Stars fundraiser. We are having the fundraiser September 6th at River Breaks Ranch. The event will offer clay shooting for teams of four or teams of two, as well as a silent auction, a raffle for an AR15 rifle, flat screen tv, a hog hunt and gun safe.
Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapist Gwen Murphy and “go to guy” Pete Lucerio completed their EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) training and received their certifications! YAY!
“Pete is shown here hanging on to the gate………..he is not fond of his picture being taken”
Gwen was already trained in EAP but she is now also certified through EAGALA. Pete is now telling everyone that he is a “certified cowboy” but don’t let that fool you! He received some very intense training during this two part certification course and we are so proud of what he has done! His official title is Horse Specialist – EAGALa trained and certified!
On Monday August 19th, 2013 we had the honor of hosting a Fun Day at the arena for Uniting Parents. We had a crowd of over 100 parents, kids, and volunteers and I believe a GREAT time was had by all. Lol, even those volunteers who were out grilling the burgers and dogs had fun.
Besides great food, we had clowns, a jump house, and a demonstration of a therapeutic riding session. We also had games planned but the kids demanded so much time watching the horse we sort of ran out of time!
We also want to say Thank You to our three volunteers from Pantex! They really stepped up to the plate and worked hard! HaliAnne Crawford, Melissa Phifer, and Daniel Holcomb had never volunteered at the arena but they answered the call when we said we needed help.
We are very honored and so excited to be named the Welcome Pardner Non-Profit of the Month for July 2013! There are so many great groups and causes in Amarillo, it makes us feel very special to receive this honour. To top it off our logo is proudly displayed on the Welcome Pardner web page along with the notice that we will be recognized at their monthly breakfast July 28th!
If you are not a recipient of DJ’s eblast then you need to head over to her web page and sign up! It is a totally free service and it is chock full of information about event’s in Amarillo, job openings, resumes, and more!
Amarillo – 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center today received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates 7 Star’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Rhonda Dittfurth, Executive Director. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grant makers, individual donors, and the media.”
In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Gold level of participation.
“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Dittfurth. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”
About the GuideStar Exchange
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.
I have a lot to catch up with! Our new website and blog are up and running and now it is time to get up to speed but to save my sanity I am going to start with a little history and speed right through to today.
7 Star Therapeutic Riding was begun by Dovie Barette, she saw a great need for therapeutic riding in our area. Over the years the organization has called several facility’s home and hundreds of clients. Today we are located in Amarillo on Pullman Road in a wonderful covered arena. The covered arena allows us to hold sessions when the wind blows, when the temperature is high (and low), when it rains, and even when it snows……….well when it snows a little……….we are all about safety and everyone getting home safely!
We have been the lucky precipitants of several nice grants the last few months that have allowed us to expand our scholarships, do work the grounds and entry way, and buy much needed equipment!
Two (and a half) of the MAJOR projects we are working on are:
Getting our new entryway surfaced so that is more “weather friendly”. Once this is complete we can start using the new entryway. A bonus to that is we can tell them to turn in the gate with the sign versus turn left at the blue dumpster.
We are in need of office and therapy space. Our plans are to find the funding to purchase a mobile home to move out the arena. This will provide us with formal office space to keep all of our records and supplies, a place to meet with potential clients, and a clean, comfortable environment to do evaluations and stretching exercises.
Now for the Half………I call it a half because it is a small project but it requires our getting the trailer/office space! Once it is in place we will build a ramped entry along with a porch around the trailer. On one end of this we want to build a secure framework and install a harness so that we can work with clients who are in wheel chairs, limb prosthetics, and those who just cannot at this point physically mount a horse.
It’s a new year and it’s time for some winter fun! Join the Sweetheart Auction benefiting 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center on February 17th, 2013. The auction will be exciting and the benefits that come from the money raised will benefit riders for years to come. So “Saddle Up Partner” and meet us at the Ashmore Inn I-40 East. See ya there!
Tim Jobe and Bettina Schultz of Natural Lifemanship
7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center utilizes NARHA certified riding instructors to teach clients with developmental, psychological or physical disabilities horseback riding and horsemanship skills. 7 Star NARHA certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Brigitta Bogan, organization president and Licensed Professional Counselor Gwen Murphy and Executive Director and NARHA certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor Faith Elliott recently received certification in Natural Lifemanship Training. Natural Lifemanship Training is a therapeutic intervention utilizing horses and sound principles of equine psychology to repair and enhance life’s relationships.
In addition to work with clients with mental and physical disabilities, the Natural Lifemanship training will help 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center in their work with veterans dealing with issues ranging from physical injuries to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Individuals dealing with mental health issues develop problems relating to other people. They may have formed relationship patterns to deal with their adverse circumstances , but these patterns don’t work well in daily life. By seeing how horses respond to them, clients see how their actions can also create positive or negative reactions in people.