Summer is here at the ranch! Horses have shedded out of their winter coats and are becoming their beautiful glossy selves. Grass is growing like weeds. What grass you ask? Shhhh! Let me keep my dream of thick coastal grass fields!
In addition to working with our 90 weekly participants, we met with Any Baby Can and Youth Advocate Program Case Managers to share how Healing with Horses Ranch benefits their clients. We also had a meeting with the Executive Director of Flatwater Foundation on to begin discussing a collaboration or partnership with them.
The Seton Veterans IOP project began this month and four veterans were able to experience the healing benefits of horses! We hope to continue working with several of them in the near future! We also are working on establishing a deeper relationship with Seton Hospital as a partner in a grant that they received (See Restore Program for details). We are especially excited about the fun family BBQ's for veterans and their families that participate in this program!
Thank goodness for our amazing volunteers from Kohl’s, St Edward’s University, and Dell who helped clear trails and get the Ranch ready for our Easter Egg Hunt and Duck Derby that was held on April 20th. It was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance! It’s a good thing we have kind neighbors who let us park on their property! There were over 80 cars parked over there!
Davina, Arianna, and I were able to participate in Dell’s Project Management Training that was held on April 13th. This will come in handy as we start planning for our Barn Bash! Are you ready? We’re going to have a Retro Homecoming Dance! Tickets are on sale now!
April 27th was a busy day. In a single day, we got to share our mission at Manor Heritage Festival, show support at
the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and were honored by Cele Store BBQ and Car Show as they raised over $1600 for us!
I don’t want to forget to thank NAVDF: North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum for choosing us as the organization for the fundraising event at their conference! We are honored that you chose to share your hard earned dollars with us so that we can continue to provide these meaningful, life changing equine-assisted activities and continue to grow as an organization.
Hi, I am the new Development Director for the ranch! I took over the "From the Desk of Patty" section to let you about the relaunch of our great newsletter. Our new newsletter, now called Ranch News, will have all the same great features including "From the Desk of Patty", "Journey to the Ranch", "Facilities with John" and "Volunteer Spotlight" as our previous design.
Ranch News will now be available in a dynamic, clickable, format you can access directly from you inbox! We will now be able to add videos and other types of digital content to the newsletter. You will now be able to quickly read through headlines and click "Read More" to read and comment on your favorite features. All of Ranch News with be accessible at any time on our website under About, Ranch News. This step is one of many steps we are taking to increase communication with you, our donors, clients, volunteers and friends.
Please welcome Matthew Grupp to the Healing with Horses Ranch Board of Directors. Matthew has been a regular Saturday volunteer for some time. He has been invaluable to our facility and does everything from emptying the trash to fixing the equipment. We are so excited and honored he decided to join our board.
Perspectives on Life and Art - My heart is feeling grateful and full. It never ceases to amaze me when a small group of passionate people band together and make big things happen. On Oct 19th, we had our Barn Bash. First of all, I would like to thank our Barn Bash Committee. Ariana Roman, Chris Baker, John D’Andrea, Kelly Ellis, Cari Weiss, and Davina Merkel spent months planning, asking, preparing, advertising, and hosting our 4th annual Barn Bash. It was held at the beautiful Chateau Bellevue in Austin, where a dinner...
An update and a request to support Healing with Horses Ranch.
This has been a tremendous year!
Client, volunteer, and staff (both horse and human) hours are at an all-time high. For the first time HHR has a waiting list! Here are just a few of our stats: