Issue #1701
Happy New Year !  
A New Year is a time of hope and new beginnings and SIRE is gearing up for a new semester of riders with specific goals and challenges to meet. It is also a time to reflect.

Since joining SIRE six months ago I have truly come to appreciate the power of partnering humans and horses. I watch, enthralled by the horse's rhythmic and natural movements and the beneficial impact this relationship has on the rider. I have been humbled and filled with joy getting to meet hundreds of riders and their families; hearing how SIRE has positively affected their lives. The dedication and work placed into achieving such amazing results is hard to imagine. While partnering with a horse is a unique and fun way to engage in therapeutic activities, it is also physically demanding. It is so inspiring to see the effort and dedication SIRE riders put into achieving each their individual goals.

These successes are made possible because of the over 300+ volunteers who assist riders on a weekly basis. It takes a really big heart (and a strong set of legs) to commit to an entire semester of teaming with a rider and horse and I have been privileged to meet so many volunteers who go above and beyond. Thank you for caring.

As we enter 2017, SIRE and the riders we serve will face new challenges, overcome obstacles, and experience even greater accomplishments because of classes designed to meet their unique needs. I ask that you take a moment to think about how you can help take SIRE to the next level in 2017. Thank you for joining with us as we Ride Beyond labels and limitations.

Joe Wappelhorst
Executive Director 
Volunteer Spotlight
Our volunteers are serious about their work. In spite of below freezing temperatures we welcomed 14 new volunteers to the SIRE family at the Fort Bend riding center for 2017! 55 returning volunteers attended training at the riding centers on January 9.

Hockley hosted Speech/Language Pathologist, Keith O'Connor.  Keith works for Katy ISD and is a long time member of SIRE's Advisory Council.The topic was disability awareness.
 
At Fort Bend we had our own COO Anthony Busacca teaching advanced horse handling techniques.Did you know it only take a length of yarn to lead our specially trained horses?

In Spring, Speech/Language Pathologist, Sharon Brown who works for Klein ISD discussed disability awareness. Sharon's daughter has been riding with SIRE for 9 years.
 

 For more information about volunteer opportunities both in the arena and in the office, please contact SIRE at 281-356-7588 or email us at
info@sire-htec.org.

TOP HANDS 2017
January 27 & 28
Great Southwest Equestrian Center
2501 S Mason Rd.
, Katy, TX 77450 
 
Mark your calendar and make plans to visit the best event of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season. Due to the Super Bowl, this year's Top Hands event will be hosted at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.

Join us as SIRE riders compete for top prizes and drop by the SIRE hospitality area to meet the riders, staff and volunteers. This is a great way for you to invite your friends to se
e first hand the great work happening at SIRE.


Special thanks to our sponsors
Our mule broke down
Actually it is our utility vehicle at the Hockley Riding Center that has broken down beyond repair.

We need a new utility vehicle to transport hay, feed, equipment and people throughout our almost 25 acres facility. If you can donate toward a replacement vehicle please do so today. Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of January for a used vehicle. If you have a utility vehicle or know someone who might donate one please contact Joe Wappelhorst at 281-356-7588 x201.
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