March 9, 2018
Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy, Inc. will expand its services with help from a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! (PUP!) grant from The Harvest Foundation.
The grant will be used toward building a mobile roof above the organization’s main arena space. This addition will allow Tackfully Teamed to accommodate more clients that would previously be unserved due to inclement weather or extreme heat.
“We applaud Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy for thinking outside of the box to expand the capacity of their organization so they can better serve individuals with disabilities in our community,” said Sheryl Agee, impact officer and team leader at The Harvest Foundation. “The covered arena will not only provide a more controlled environment for clients with severe sun or heat sensitivities, but also provide a means to expand hours and serve more people on their waiting list. We are proud to partner with Tackfully Teamed and other funding partners on this project.”
Since 2003, Tackfully Teamed has provided therapeutic riding and other equine activities to individuals with disabilities, giving them an opportunity to improve their physical, mental, emotional and social lives. Susan Warren, founder and executive director of Tackfully Teamed, said they are excited about the PUP! grant award and are ready to get to work on the covered arena, which has been a desperate need for the past few years.
“Due to warmer temperatures, a waiting list of potential riders, the use of older horses, and the safety of volunteers of all ages, a covered area is imperative,” Warren said. “With this addition, lessons can be implemented any time of day. Tackfully Teamed will be able to provide therapeutic riding and other equine related activities to more individuals with disabilities. It will also provide innovative areas for camp activities, productions, multiple lessons, and training opportunities.”
In addition to serving individuals with disabilities throughout the community, Tackfully Teamed also offers community service hours to high school and college students.
“Individuals with disabilities are differently abled, not disabled,” Warren said. “The service opportunities at the center provide students without disabilities an opportunity to build healthy relationships with differently abled individuals. These life lessons can positively carry over into their lives.”
Tackfully Teamed serves 40 riders in Martinsville-Henry County and surrounding areas with 30 volunteers, three instructors, and 10 horses. Following construction of the roof over the arena, the center will safely serve more riders.
“With funding from the Martinsville Area Community Foundation's Women in Philanthropy grant, individual donations, and the Harvest Foundation's PUP grant, Tackfully Teamed is reaching a new level of service,” Warren said.
Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy, Inc. is located at 7975 Henry Road. Find them on Facebook or call (276) 627-0024 to find out more about programming.
The Harvest Foundation’s Pick Up the Pace! grants program is a competitive, small grants program designed to engage people and organizations in sparking innovative ideas, collaborations and change in Martinsville and Henry County. These six-month grants for up to $10,000 are available for application year-round. To find out more, visit theharvestfoundation.org or call (276) 632-3329.
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