Monthly news & updates
September 2021
SMILES Website
New web page for YOU!

I created a "CURRENT VOLUNTEERS" page on the SMILES website! This is for the ease of all volunteers to find links, recent training videos, event-sign ups, and anything else volunteers need to know, without having to look back at past newsletters.

*I will be regularly updating this tab, so please look here if you have a specific question. Here's the link:


Bookmark this page on your web browser for easy access in the future!
Session Updates
Sign up for Fall Session!

Don't forget to sign up for the Fall Session!! As we get closer to the end of the month, I will send out the Volunteer Attendance for everyone to double check their class times.

Superstar Student Horse Show!
Saturday, September 18, 10am

The Superstar Student Horse Show & Open House is only a few short weeks away!! If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please sign up using the link below, by Friday, September 10, 2021. After that, we will make our volunteer assignments, and I will be in contact with everyone who signed up with more details.

News from the Barn


Meet Chaps!
This kind and gentle Buckskin Quarter Horse gelding came to SMILES to pursue his next career as a therapy horse. Chaps spent the first part of his life in the show ring, building his young rider's confidence as a western pleasure horse. As his young rider's interest shifted, Chaps was left without a "job". Because of his personable and sweet demeanor, the family thought he would make a great addition to the SMILES team. Be sure to watch for Chaps in Fall Session classes as he begins is trial period!
Training & Education
New Volunteer Training
I am offering 2 times for volunteer training in preparation for the Fall Session. If you'd like a refresher, please let me know!

Thursday, September 9: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, September 11: 9am-12pm
SMILES' YouTube Channel

Click the link below to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

September Volunteer Spotlight
September Spotlight is.....Denise Milano!!

How did you become involved with SMILES, and how long have you been volunteering?

My daughter, Aly rode there for therapy and I have been volunteering about 21 years now.
Where did you grow up?

Indiana/Just outside of Indianapolis

Who is your favorite horse at SMILES and why?

I seem to gravitate to the "underdogs" so Junior, Murphy and Buster have a special place but I honestly love them all. They each have qualities that make them unique so I love each for a different reason. Biggest thing is they are MY therapy and offer a calming presence that takes the stresses and worries away
If you were gifted a million dollars, what would you do with it?

First and foremost - donate some. SMILES and Safe Harbor Humane Society would be the first two as I volunteer at both. Also to Exotic Feline Rescue Center - tigers are another favorite animal.

What is something you like to do in September?

My grandson's birthday is in September so celebrating that and just spending time with family and animals.
What do you enjoy about volunteering at SMILES?

The sense of family with the volunteers you see every week. The sense of satisfaction/accomplishment when you help a student achieve a goal and the comfort you can get from the horses each week to brighten it up if you had a rough one. This place truly is my therapy. It puts into perspective all the little things we stress about every day.

Is there anything else you'd like your fellow volunteers to know?

My daughter, Aly met her husband Bryce at SMILES. She was riding for therapy and he was volunteering, so SMILES for this couple was also a matchmaking place  :)
Event Updates



Join us for Miles for SMILES and Breakfast at the Barn
Saturday, October 23
Click HERE to register

To learn about the Miles for SMILES sponsorship opportunity click HERE.


Click HERE to be a sponsor of the Miles for SMILES.


September Birthdays at SMILES!
Happy Birthday!
Santo Carfora, September 21
Ruth Hooper, September 23
Luann Ahrens, September 24
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SMILES transcends traditional therapeutic methods by offering individuals with special needs the joy of participating in an equine-assisted program which provides social, emotional, physical and personal rewards.