The 8th Annual Hearts for Horses Benefit saddles up at the Oregon Coast Aquarium later this month at the Oregon Coast Aquarium at South Beach. The event is a fundraiser for the Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center based in Siletz.
This family-friendly event will be held from 6:30 to 9PM Saturday, January 31st at the aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road. Guests are welcome to tour the Aquarium exhibits, enjoy a variety of appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and desserts from some of Newport’s finest eateries. The event will include a silent auction as well as an oral auction and feature live music by the Lucky Gap Band.
Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple Children under 12 free. Tickets may be purchased at the Oregon Coast Aquarium or online at BrightHorizonsRiding.org or by contacting Amy Cline at 541-961-4156 or Info@BrightHorizonsRiding.org. All proceeds raised at the benefit will go toward rider scholarships and the care of the center’s horses.
Bright Horizons is a therapeutic riding center that was founded in 2004. Bright Horizons is both a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen, International (PATH Int’l) member center. Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center takes a team-oriented approach to providing its programs targeted at disabled children and adults. A dedicated and committed board of directors, an executive director and a PATH-certified instructor work together with a network of service providers and volunteers in a concerted effort to instill our core values of empathy, empowerment, human dignity and the right to self-determination. Genuine healing takes place in a safe environment of tolerance and understanding where assets are tapped, potentials realized and deficiencies forgotten.
Therapeutic riding provides individuals of varying ability levels opportunities to challenge themselves physically and emotionally and to set goals to improve their quality of life via the horse. Recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association, equine-facilitated therapy provides a valuable adjunct to traditional forms of therapy.