Did you know that North Texas alone has over 700,000 children and adults living with a disability. The horse can be an extremely effective form of therapy for many of these individuals. Unfortunately medical insurance doesn’t cover the cost of equine therapy. But we can help....On Thursday evening, September 8th Select Breeders Southwest will host an Open House and Silent Auction at our Aubrey, TX facility to benefit ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship. Updated with event schedule 8/25/11.
This wonderful non-profit organization on 14 acres in Collin County, TX was founded by Bill and Priscilla Darling. Along with the board of directors and program director, Lili Kellog, they use the power of the horse to improve the lives of those participating in their programs.
Although a large percentage of riders at ManeGait are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders they provide therapy for many different disabilities. Some of the milestones reached by those participating in the program are:
• Improved social skills
• Improved flexibility with environmental changes
• Improved posture
• Improved auditory and visual processing
Nothing in life is free! In order for ManeGait to provide this service to those in need it takes a lot of volunteer hours, patient horses, and financial donations from businesses and individuals like you and me. SBSW is proud to come along side ManeGait to help increase awareness of the need for this service in our community and throughout the world.
Our hope for this event is to provide an avenue for financial assistance for ManeGait while experiencing a sense of community by getting to know our neighbors. Even if you aren’t able to contribute financially please join us to learn about volunteer opportunities, tack and horse donations.
Along with a Stallion Showcase and a Demonstration of Therapeutic Riding, we will have a Free Dinner, Silent Auction, Live Music and fun stuff for the kids.
Please contact us about sponsorship opportunities, item donations for the silent auction or to RSVP.
Here is an overview of the schedule:
5:00 – 5:45 Appetizers and Live Music
5:45 – 6:30 Welcome and Presentation/demo by ManeGait
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner and Live Music
6:30 – 8:00 Tours of SBSW facility
7:30 – 8:00 2nd Demo by ManeGait
7:50 Silent Auction Ends
8:00 Announcement of winning bids for silent auction