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Equine-assisted therapy organization looking to expand to Mesa County

Pat Martin
Special to the Free Press
Courtesy / Kathy Hamm
Staff Photo |

Save a horse, help a veteran, transform a child and have fun doing it.

Dream Catcher Therapy Center & End of the Trail Horse Rescue/Sanctuary of Olathe is holding a Casino Night fundraiser in Grand Junction June 15 to raise funds to acquire property in Mesa County for the expansion of their much-needed services into the Grand Valley. The fundraiser is called “The Trifecta Win.”

For the past 14 years, these two non-profit organizations, headed up by Kathy Hamm, have been providing equine-assisted therapy and horse rescue in the Olathe, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel, and Gunnison areas. The success of these services has generated a vision to expand and fully serve Mesa County clients with therapeutic riding, hippotherapy and equine-assisted psychotherapy. The organization is actively working to procure horse property in the Fruita/Loma area and hopes to begin offering services this summer.

Many veterans and troubled children or those with disabilities benefit from the kind of help offered by DCTC. Equine-assisted therapy (EAP) is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, a horse professional, and the client. The focus is not riding or horsemanship, but activities to help the client problem-solve, build confidence, engage in teamwork, and build relationships, as well as learn verbal and non-verbal communication. It offers clients hope, acceptance, caring, and opportunities to heal, to improve, to learn, to love, to participate, and to understand themselves in a nurturing and non-threatening environment with the help of a powerful partner, the horse.

The first ever Casino Night fundraiser, called “The Trifecta Win,” is set for Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Country Inns, 718 Horizon Drive, in GJ. In addition to casino games, there will be food, a cash bar, a live band for dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or online at http://www.dctc.org.

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