I am so excited for the Barn Bash this year! As we bring it back to the ranch, everyone will get to see our tremendous growth with our covered arena, stalls, fencing, and will get to meet the herd, the staff, and some of our amazing participants!
That growth happened because of the huge need for these equine services and the demonstrated benefits of building resilience, improving independence, and easing transitions. But more importantly that growth came because of the support of our donors and sponsors that have witnessed the improvements of strength, communication, self awareness, and confidence in our ever growing number of participants. Without your support, it would be impossible to increase the number of our PATH certified Instructors, Equine Specialists and licensed mental health counselors- we now have 11 on our staff of 14, so that we can provide deeply discounted equine facilitated psychotherapy, equine facilitated learning, and adaptive riding to over 90 weekly participants that are challenged daily with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, ptsd, anxiety, depression, and so any other conditions. It's only July and we have already provided over $30,000 in financial assistance to those it need it.
Our herd of 20 horses work daily to encourage their riders growth and communication by needing their partners to be present. Because of supporters of the Barn Bash, we can continue to be able to afford to care for them in the ways that they deserve to be cared for. On average it costs over $3000 per month to feed and care for this wonderful herd of horses!
At last years Barn Bash, we did a paddles up to raise money for our Big Ass Fan. Between that and a grant received from Palm Valley Lutheran Church Endowment, the Big Ass Fan, it's installation and the electricity installation was able to be finalized. What a game changer that has been! We have cancelled almost no lessons due to heat and have only had a handful of lessons that we had to do a ground lesson because it was too hot to ride! When you come to the barn Bash, you will get to experience the difference that it makes!
Thank you so much for all of your support! Know that it makes such a big difference!