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Hearts and Horses receive Christmas donations

Jean Kuehl
Northern Chapter of the Colorado Draft Horse Association Vice President
Jean KuehlGary Dunning, accompanied by Santa Claus, drive a big shire team pulling a wagon loaded with gifts for the Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, Colo.

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It was a windy but sunny Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13. No below zero wind chills or snow falling, as had been the case for many days during the preceding two weeks.

Coming down County Road 29 toward the Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Loveland, Colo., were three horse-drawn vehicles bearing gifts. The members of the Northern Chapter of the Colorado Draft Horse Association had gathered hay, bags of feed and other “horsey” gifts to bring to the Riding Center.

A mini horse, driven by Katie Kirkham, a new member of the Draft Horse Club, pulled the first vehicle. Gary Dunning, accompanied by Santa Claus, drove a big shire team, which pulled a wagon decorated with Christmas garland and loaded with gifts and club members. Next in the caravan was a pair of Belgian/quarter horse crossbred horses pulling a people mover which was loaded with bags of feed and other gifts. The last vehicle was a pickup, driven by Jerry Stockton, which was loaded with hay donated for the faithful horses who carry riders at the Hearts and Horses facility.

Lots of staff and clients from Hearts and Horses were on hand to greet the draft horse club members and express their appreciation for the gifts. They also petted lots of horse noses and asked lots of questions about the horses in draft. It was a day for giving back to a riding center that is in the business of giving to members of our community every day of the year.

Hearts and Horses is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center founded in 1997 to help people with disabilities regain physical, emotional and social skills, using the horse to help heal.


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