We were very busy this week at HAY! Tuesday was Give Ozarks Day! The HAY Foundation wants to thank all of our supporters who donated a total of $71,609.29!! Because of your generosity, HAY won an additional $2,500! Your donations will sponsor at least 100 children in the next 11 months. Donations from Give Ozarks Day will also provide holiday ride events for students and their families, horsemanship clinics at local schools, and select students receiving counseling services with equine.
Sponsoring a student for $415 covers the cost of staff and insurance for 8 weeks of lessons and provides a belt buckle and certificate at graduation. Sponsors receive a thank you note from the student at the end of the program. Here is what a student wrote this week:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunities to ride Tonka with the HAY Foundation! Riding Tonka noticeably boosted my confidence and my overall mood. My lessons were majorly beneficial to my mental health and I felt that in the arena and in my everyday life. I learned how to control a 1000+ lb animal by my hands, feet, and my whole body separately and together! Sarah also helped by taking interest in what I do and encouraging me to do better and to believe in myself! Overall, I think confidence is what I lacked majorly and I saw a huge improvement with it, so thank you for giving me the opportunity for that! Thank you for also giving me the chance to meet with Morgan to learn about horses and caring for them and how it contributes and relates to my life! I could never than you enough! Ashlynn”
On Tuesday, HAY also provided a Horsemanship Clinic at Century Elementary in Nixa. Ten students who received HAY Foundation services this year taught their peers about horsemanship, equine safety and nutrition. All of the students did a wonderful job and demonstrated their knowledge and self pride!
Friday we will be at Horace Mann School in Springfield for Career Day. Two HAY Foundation students will be working with the miniature horses Wrangler and Blue to teach their peers about equine safety. (Check out additional photos on Facebook from the event soon.)
THANK YOU again to all of the supporters who make cash donations, volunteer time, and share information about HAY with their friends and family!
We had a special visitor at the arena Tuesday evening during lessons! Thank you Trudy Shepard and Hank, her service dog, for sharing information about the hard work it took to become a service dog, their volunteer experiences and for sharing a story with lesson students.