Happy Trails Riding Center is getting ready for a great year full of therapeutic riding and social opportunities. We are excited to launch a new support & social group called, “Real Life”.
Three years ago we incorporated Nate Asby who had Cerebral Palsy as an assistant instructor with our teaching staff for horse lessons. He attended many of our social opportunities. In the process, we started a weekly mentoring program to touch base on issues he was struggling with - issues that are common to people with disabilities and special needs. This is how the idea of, "Real Life" came to be. Nate sadly recently passed away but the idea of helping people to see what makes them different - makes them beautiful will live on in this new program.
"I went to happy trails and helped volunteer it was a good time we were standing and watching the lesson and one of the horses named Tex came over to me like wanted to be with me he put his head on my chest, another horse named Coby did the same thing. It helps me relax when I go there….I wish I could go there more often." – Nate Asby (from Facebook postings).
Other great things we have planned through August 2015 include:
Thank you to all of you at Global Giving who support our programs for people with disabilities and special needs - together we are doing great things!
Happy Trails Riding Center
As we end our riding season at Happy Trails Riding Center, we'd like to thank you for helping to make our programs possible! We’d like to let you know some of the great things we were able to accomplished in 2014 because of your support.We provided approximately 285 total horse experiences, we held our summer and fall camps, held our movie night, fall dance with the City of West Linn Parks (approximately 60 people attended) and held our second “Cowboy Casino” fundraiser. In December we will have our annual holiday party with caroling and a visit from Santa.. But more important than the numbers of things we did is that we continue to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and special needs. We are making a difference and are so very thankful to all of our donors, volunteers, our instructors and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabilities and special needs.We hope you will partner with us again to make our programs possible.“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” - Helen KellerThank you!Sincerely,Nicole Budden, Executive DirectorHappy Trails Riding Center
Happy Trails Riding Center is a place for people with disabilities and special needs to learn about horses, ride and socialize. We are so thankful for our volunteers, horses and donors who make our program possible! Helen Keller said it beautifully, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much!"
We sadly say goodbye to summer and we will look forward to enjoying the warm days of riding again next year! We had a great summer camp and casino night fundraiser in addition to our lessons. We welcome fall which is always a lot fun at Happy Trails. We look forward to seeing many of our riders and friends at our annual fall dance & our pumpkin carving and riding camp and in lessons.
Thank you for being part of our Happy Trails family and making our place available to many to enjoy!
Your Friends at Happy Trails Riding Center
When you visit Happy Trails Riding Center, you’ll discover it’s anything but your average riding center – it’s so much more! This local 501c3 nonprofit started in 2006 and offers horse riding lessons, camps and events. Happy Trails emphasizes service to people with disabilities and special needs. Their classes are not only therapeutic – they are fun, safe and educational. All instructors are certified by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. This nonprofit is truly a community effort - powered by loving horses, committed instructors and volunteers and is primarily funded by generous donations. Local organizations such as the Lake Oswego Rotary, Lake Oswego Lions, Boy Scouts, National Charities League and The Lake Oswego High School are some of the groups that have contributed funds or volunteer hours. Last year alone, Happy Trails provided over 300 riding experiences. Happy Trails Riding Center continually makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and special needs. Below is a school assignment that one the participants wrote about how Happy Trails is her oasis.
My Oasis by Emily
The place I feel safe and my emotions can run freely would be Happy Trails. The barn is my oasis because I feel comfortable and open to myself when I am there. This is my favorite place to be when I just need a break from my life. Therapeutic horseback riding was the best thing that ever happened to me. I get really excited when I get to go to the barn and nothing can bring me down.
When I go to Happy Trails, the first thing I see is the arch of trees forming a tunnel and the mossy old fence with the splintering wood. I breathe the dusty air while I drag my feet into the drenched mud pathway. My leather boots leave behind footprints as I walk into the barn. The flies are swarming around the hay and the tack room kittens are chewing on the braided reins. My horse’s silk fur is glistening in the sunlight as I brush him. The rusted bit slides into my horse’s mouth when we put on the reins. I mount onto the shimmering saddle and take him to a trot. When I am trotting on Kobe in the cold arena I feel like I am flying. When the lesson is over I hop off and bring his head to my chest and gently step away.
Being at the barn has changed my life. I have learned so much about horses and how to take care of them. If I couldn’t go to the barn I don’t know what I would do. My family and I have made lots of great friends at Happy Trails. Everyone needs an oasis because you need a place to feel safe and just be you. You need to have a place to express your feelings and to be happy. Happy Trails is absolutely my oasis because it makes me happy and I can visit there all the time. Happy Trails is my safe place, a place I can escape from my life, a place to be me, my oasis.
Upcoming Summer Events:
Saturday, June 21st –Summer Day Camp 10-1:00 (kids & adults)
Saturday, July 19th Movie Night
Saturday, July 26th – Cowboy Casino Fundraiser in Happy Trails Arena
Saturday, August 9th Ride-A-Thon (play day)
Saturday, September 13th- Fall Barn Dance with City of West Linn Parks Department
Classes and camps registration is available through the City of West Linn Parks Department as well as scheduled directly with Happy Trails.
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Thank you for helping to support Happy Trails Riding Center! We’d like to let you know some of the great things we were able to accomplished in 2013 because of your support.In 2013, we grew our staff and added an instructor, Ellen Van Nood. Our classes were offered for the first time all year long.We provided approximately 300 total horse experiences (serving approximately 45 children and 24 adults) we held our summer and fall camps, created a new class to help people build confidence and trust through equine assisted learning, held our ride-a-thon, movie night, fall dance with the City of West Linn Parks(approximately 50 people attended) and holiday party in December. We started a new fundraiser, “Cowboy Casino”and hosted a fall party for Candle lighters (for children with cancer - 75 people total people, 23 children rode horses). But more important than the numbers of things we did is that we continue to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and special needs. We are making a difference and are so very thankful to all of our donors, volunteers and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabilities and special needs.
We have a great year planned for our participants and would like to invite you to contact us and come out and see the good work happening in action. We also invite you to our ,"Cowboy Casino" Fundraiser on Saturday, July 26th at Happy Trails Riding Center.We hope you will partner with us again to make our programs possible.“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” - Helen KellerThank you!Sincerely,Nicole Budden, Executive DirectorHappy Trails Riding Center
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