Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center Hosts Horse Show & Tack Sale

Posted on May 30 by SEASONS Magazine

Riders Aaron Swaney, Drew Jensen and Jeremy Jensen during 2016. Photo by Jim Clanin.

Dust will rise in the corrals of the Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center on June 3. Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center hosts student riders of all ages and capabilities who will proudly demonstrate their equestrian skills before an eager crowd of supporters, family and friends. Since 1985, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center has improved the lives of individuals with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges, as well as individuals with illnesses or injuries within Santa Barbara County through equine facilitated activities and therapies. To the organization, horses serve to mend some of the difficulties that youth can face; the spiritual, nurturing state of riding a horse no doubt helps anyone heal.

Rider Giles Oh (age 5) and Volunteer Drew Jensen during 2016. Photo by Jim Clanin.

“Our Horse Show is an exciting and joyful day that offers students from all walks of life the opportunity to express themselves and share their talents and achievements with the community,” says Alexis Weaver, executive director of Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center. “We invite everyone to come out and join us in honoring our students and celebrating the countless lives our equine-assisted programs have changed.” 

The honorable program even acknowledges those that have served for it; the equestrian center will hold a special salute to U.S. veterans. The day will also see San Marcos High School choir singing the national anthem, a therapeutic riding demonstration by Hearts staff, a host of games, a children’s play area, a tack sale for purchasing used equestrian equipment and several equitation and obstacle classes for Hearts’ students to highlight their accomplishments. A Mexican-style lunch will be available for purchase and an information tent area for the public will include wine and drinks. 

All funds raised will benefit Hearts’ mission to inspire, strengthen and motivate people of all ages and capabilities through equine-assisted activities. Hearts’ facility is located at 4420 Calle Real, with directions available here. For more information about this free event, call 805/9641519 or visit their website.

—Toby Qualls

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