Riding for the Heart

By Richard Mineards   |   May 30, 2023
Event chair Carol Kallman with Honorary Committee members Andrew Wilson, Lynn Kirst, and Thomas Bateman (photo by Don Barthelmess)
Bar sponsors Kris and Brian Kittle of Kittle Motorsports, with Saddle Sponsor Sandy Lovett and Honorary Committee member Jim Thomas (photo by Lynn Kirst)

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center galloped off with nearly $100,000 when it hosted a barn dance for 175 supporters at the Carriage & Western Museum.

The horsey hoedown, chaired by Carol Kallman, had Dena Davis as speaker, who gave a moving testimony about her 17-year-old son Benjamin, who suffers from a genetic syndrome that severely impacts his mobility.

But in the past seven years since starting horse riding therapy, he has seen dramatic improvement.

Among the supporters dancing the night away to the band Caught Red Handed were Randy Fox and Terry Bartlett, Mike and Debbie Bruce, Luis and Carol Fondevila, Michael Conner and Marie Profant, Paul and Carolyn Aijian, and John and Denise Valenti.

Kathy Mills, board member Barret Reed, Patty Moore, board Vice Chairman Bob Manning, and Kim Olson (photo by Lynn Kirst)

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