Equine-assisted therapy organization looking to expand to Mesa County
Special to the Free Press
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.
This year’s theme is “Marble Mash” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built from marble mined in the nearby Crystal River Valley town of Marble. Among the day’s events is a statue contest.
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