Happy Trails Riding Center

Happy Trails Riding Center is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and special needs through horsemanship and social opportunities. We are a 501c3 non-profit. A PATH center and a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.
Dec 21, 2012

December 2012

Fall Dance
Fall Dance

As we near the end of 2012, we'd like to thanks our donors through GlobalGiving and let you know the great things Happy Trails Riding Center has been up to this year. This year we provided 255 riding lessons (16 youth riders to date in our classes, and 17 adults with disabilities and special needs). We hosted a 6 person riding party for adults with disabilities, a large (approximately 70 person party for Down Syndrome Network Oregon – with 44 riders- approx 34 had down syndrome or other developmental disability. Of the 44 riders 5 were adults).

So we are estimating our total served for riding was 22 adults and 55 youth and approximately 23 volunteers helped make this possible.

Our fall dance was attended by 55 total people.

Our holiday party was attended by approximately 50 people.

We are so very thankful to all of our donors, voluteers and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabiltiies and special needs.

Our 2013 classes will begin in March and run through November.

We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

Sincerely,

Happy Trails Riding Center

Holiday Party
Holiday Party
Oct 22, 2012

October 2012

A rider who also volunteers helping another rider
A rider who also volunteers helping another rider

Thank you so very much for helping to make our programs possible. Happy Trails Riding Center is primarily funded by donations and run by volunteers. Our riding lessons, camps and social opporutnities run from March - November each year. So far this year we have provided 222 total riding lessons to date. We eare estimating 252 by the time we end our 2012 season. 

Happy Trails served 16 youth riders to date in our classes, and 17 adults with disabilities and special needs. We hosted a 6 person riding party for adults with disabilities, a large (approximately 70 person party for Down Syndrome Network Oregon – with 44 riders- approx 34 had down syndrome or other developmental disability. Of the 44 riders 5 were adults). So we are estimating our total served for riding was 22 adults and 55 youth and approximately 23 volunteers. In addition to riding, we do have social events such as our fall dance which was attended by 55 total people.

Here are emails we have received this summer regarding our program:

I felt honored to have been a part of it (volunteered at Down Syndrome Event at Happy Trails) Nicole, you have a wonderful organization. Thank you, Tonya B

Thank you for all that you have done. You made a little girl VERY happy. Alicia T (aunt & guardian of rider)

Thank you for giving him (Adam) the opportunity to attend (camp on scholarship)!!!!!  His life had blossomed and he is slated to have a great summer! Leigh Anne (Outing provider)

Thank you Nicole for taking PJ on and giving him the chance to ride Darlin.  He had so much fun and it warms our hearts, and my folks, to have him be so happy there.  We went several days later to Bend and there was the option of a pony ride and he wasn't interested at all...nothing but Texas or Darlin for our guy...  :-)

Thank you again, Lora and Peter R. (Parents of Rider)

 

Upcoming Events at Happy Trails

10-27-12 Pumpkin Carving and Riding Camp (11-1)

12-2-12 Holiday Party (2-4)

A VERY happy little girl!
A VERY happy little girl!
Jul 25, 2012

July 2012

Musical horse shoe symbol
Musical horse shoe symbol

Our summer has been so very much fun so far. We held our first Horses-n-Harmony camp where riders learned basic riding, learned new camp songs (taught by a music therapist) and created a musical horse shoe symbol while meeting new friends.This month Happy Trails hosted a Down Syndrome Network Oregon summer party for people with down syndrome and their families. We served approximately 44 riders and their families at this event. We will have our annual ride-a-thon on August 11th.

Our classes go through November each year and in fall we will have our pumpkin carving camp and fall dance. We will also have our fall diner auction, The Black Beauty Banquet at the Oregon Golf Club on October 13th. We hope you will be able to join us!  We are currently procuring auction items and will be selling tickets soon for this event. We remain a non-profit that is primarily run by volunteers and funded by donation. We are so thankful to all of you who have helped make our programs possible.

Together we are making a difference!

Music therapist leading camp songs
Music therapist leading camp songs

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