EASI opens new pavillion with Harvest Show
by Rachel Davis
Nov 24, 2013 | 1218 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Equines Assisting Special Individuals hosted its third annual Harvest Show on Saturday. The organization also used the show to officially open its new covered arena with a ribbon cutting.

Dozens of area residents braved the cold and winds Saturday for the ceremony and show.

“It really is such a blessing that we have this,” Margaret Hamman, a member of the EASI board of directors, said. She said the rainy, blustery weather over the last few days had reinforced the importance of having the covered area for riders.

In addition to a ribbon cutting for the covered area, EASI also showcased the riding skills of 25 program participants.

EASI also intoduced its newest volunteer program, called Barnmice, for kids who are too young to volunteer to help with lessons, but still want to help.

These young volunteers range in age from fourth to eighth grade and are often called into service for clean-up duty.

“These kids work so hard, and they do the most unglamorous jobs,” Melissa Searcy, executive director of EASI, said. “They might be small, but they are mighty.”

One of the young volunteers designed shirts for the group to wear, honoring former EASI horse Silver. Searcy said Silver was a favorite of the program but broke his leg earlier this year while in the pasture.

EASI is a nonprofit that provides therapeutic riding lessons for those in the community who can benefit from the interaction.

The facility opened in 2005 and is an accredited member of PATH International.

For more information, visit www.easitrc.org.