In the News
Riding Helps Kids with Disabilities by Brent Wells, Miami Herald – Feb. 2011
Annabelle Schlosser, 14, has eagerly waited all week to ride her favorite horse Hallory. Schlosser has been riding for 10 years, and she never misses an opportunity to take out the chestnut mare. But this simple day of horse back riding is yet another big accomplishment for Schlosser, who has cerebral palsy. When she started learning to ride, she couldn’t sit up straight.
Schlosser’s mother, Janna Montgomery of Fort Lauderdale, said her daughter loves the horses, but added riding has been a slow process for her daughter. “At first, Annabelle had very little trunk control, but after years of riding we’ve seen a lot of improvement,” Montgomery said. read more. . .
The Road to The 2011 Special Olympics by Alison Plaza – May, 2011
On February 26 we held our 8th Annual Meggan Morency Memorial Ride-a-thon with great results. Every H&H rider was invited to sign up to participate in the Witness the Magic Horse Show held on that day and 40 of our riders competed in the different classes offered. Lois Williams, founder of H&H and Prim Wood, dedicated volunteer, judged classes for the day. Riders competed for first through fourth place ribbons and the opportunity to continue on to the Special Olympic Broward County Games.
H&H hosted the Special Olympic Broward County Games at our facility on March 19. Fifteen riders competed in their divisions in the Equitation and Working Trail classes. This year we also offered a dressage class.
Six riders qualified to participate in the Special Olympic Area Games to compete against riders from Palm Beach,
Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach on April 2. There were more than 70 riders competing and our riders and horses came home with 10 ribbons!
Recently, we competed in the State Games. Five riders and three of our horses traveled to Tampa on Friday May 20—21.
We wish to thank our wonderful volunteers and parents who traveled to Tampa to support our team of athletes!
3rd Annual Horses and Hats Kentucky Derby Party, May 7, 2011
On the first Saturday of May every year for the last 137 years, the Kentucky Derby has taken place at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. Traditionally known as the Run for the Roses, the Derby is steeped with history that encompasses not only the fastest two minutes in sports, but the pageantry of horseracing. H&H took the opportunity to host their own KY Derby party at Calder Casino and Race Course and welcomed 150 guests to the event. Attendees were encouraged to dress to impress complete with hats for the celebratory occasion. A silent and live auction and a Chinese raffle helped H&H raise money for scholarships for riders. In addition, a hat contest was held, open to the public with 63 entrants. The event was chaired by H&H Board Member Ali Weiner. In all, more than $23,000 was raised.
H&H Welcomes Calder Casino and Race Course as our Newest Partner
One of our strategic goals is to open doors to new relationships that result in many ways. We are thrilled to welcome our newest corporate sponsor, Calder Casino and Race Course. Calder has already donated $9,000.00 through their community outreach program and through the F.H.B.P.A. (Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent Program Association). They wanted to be a Pegasus Sponsor and selected Star as the horse they would support for a year. We are grateful for this as it costs $7,000.00 per year to feed and keep one horse. Calder was also very generous in hosting H&H for the Horses and Hats party including covering costs for printing of posters, a DJ exclusive to the party, race-day programs, donating $100 gift cards for the winners of the adult categories of the hat contest, the prizes for the kids division, supported the event with tons of PR and marketing which helped us to make it the most successful Horses and Hats event to date.
In addition, Calder has a relationship with FL TRAC which takes retired horses from the track and repositions them for adoption. To date, H&H has seen many quality prospects and is hoping to become a landing-spot for horses who meet the criteria for an exceptional therapy horse. We are excited about the future and grateful to have Calder and its partners on our side!
Kristi Kreuger/WPLG Channel 10 Feature on H&H! May 19, 2011
Horse Therapy Helps Kids With Special Needs
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — From grooming a beautiful horse to taking one for a morning ride, a day at the barn is so much fun it doesn’t seem like therapy.For decades, Horses and the Handicapped has helped hundreds of kids with special needs improve their muscle strength a mobility through animal therapy.
“The therapy, when you look at it as a whole, works on the cognitive side, the physical side and the emotional side,” said Alison Plaza, program director. “Kids come out to the farm, they bond with a beautiful animal that is not going to judge them.
Every week, 104 riders come to saddle up eight horses. The organization has close to 150 people on a waiting list.”Riding helps these kids develop their visual, auditory and tactile skills,” said Plaza. One of the riders, Anthony McLelland, once needed three volunteers to help him ride.“Now I am independent. I can do the walking, the trotting, we go around the practice ring. It’s awesome,” he said. “This is my second home, they make me feel like I belong somewhere in the world.”