Jul 6, 2015

Meet Lonnie, 2015's first" Ride UP" participant

Grooming Rosie, getting ready to ride!
Grooming Rosie, getting ready to ride!

Lonnie opened this season's Ride UP program at BITS ETC.  His military background showed in his determination to conquer the main obstacle, mounting his horse from a wheelchair; as well as in his proud carraige while riding, The following pictures show clearer than any words, the process many of our riders enjoy while spending quality time with our therapy horses.

Because of your great support, we have nearly doubled our original goal of $5,000.00 to put 20 service men and women on horses this summer. With these additional funds, we are able to offer services to more participants, or, as in Lonnie's case, extend the time they can ride to up to two months, instead of one. I called Lonnie the evening of his first ride at BITS ETC:

 " I served on the USS Naval Aircraft Carrier, CVS39 from 1962 to '64. hose were tense times, what with the Cuban missile crises, and President Kennedy's assasination.  We were placed on high alert, being at the height of the cold war."

Lonnie spoke of his background of service on the last wooden, "straight deck" aircraft carrier in the fleet. The interview questions I had prepared (with a scale of 1 to 10 for his reaction to his first day) had to be scrapped because all the questions were answered in the superlative.

"I'd have to say I feel fantastic.  It was better than I had hoped it would be. The people were fantastic!  I felt very safe while riding, and comfortable with the support I had." 

The Veteran's Administration suggest that therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities may be helpful for physical, mental, and emotional issues which may result from service related trauma.  Lonnie will continue at BITS for a total of eight weeks.  Our flexible program can offer astride riding, carriage driving, and working with miniature horses from the ground.  Lonnie will choose activities that meet his particular interests, after he completes "basic training' for riding and working safely around horses.

You make it happen!  The additional funding means we have additional riding opportunities available this summer. Please help us spread the word of this free program for Uniformed Professionals (Veterans, and First Responders, and their families)  Tell a vet that family members can be included in the program---all sessions individualized to meet the needs of participants.

Without your valued support, these progams could not happen.  THANK YOU!

Greeted at the door--Linda, Lonnie, Rosie and Jane
Greeted at the door--Linda, Lonnie, Rosie and Jane
Safety first--Helmet fitting
Safety first--Helmet fitting
Mounted and ready to go
Mounted and ready to go
High on Rosie
High on Rosie

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Mar 25, 2015

Awesome Response to BITS ETC Global Giving Project

Key driven by a three year old in Missouri
Key driven by a three year old in Missouri

A big Thank You to all donors!  

With your help we have met our initial goal of raising $5,000.00  in just the first three days of the challenge! The additional support we have received (nearly $7,000.00 to date) will provide an even better experience for our riders, as we can finally upgrade our saddles to treeless ones.

We are pursuing the best saddle for a reasonable price (about $500.00 each) to expand our supplies for the Ride Up program.  Adult riders require a significantly larger saddle, and the treeless type is much more comfortable for our horses.  

                  Happy horses, Happy riders!. all because of your support of this Global Giving Challenge 

Reaching the new goal of $10,000.00, would allow us to expand services to 10 more veterans!  Thirty served by this fundraiser alone. 

I am busy sending more emails to my friends and neighbors explaining this great opportunity--which ends Friday.

A fully funded campaign might supply undreamed of improvements to the Ride UP Program such as:

  • Retrofit donated Meadowbrook cart for physically handicapped driving participants ----$900.00
  • This would allow the addition of driving a full-sized cart to the driving program participants.

With only a week left, please make every day count....share our website with your friends

Like us on Facebook, and share our appeal.

Thank you again for helping me bring the best to the best!

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