News from Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding  (CATR) 
April 2017 

CATR Instructor-In-Training Volunteers at AHA Conference 
Laura Hunsucker, CATR instructor-in-training, volunteered at the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO at the beginning of March. 
Laura is a physical therapy student at MUSC and is an accomplished equestrian.  She is pursuing her PATH Intl. Instructor certification and is completing her teaching hours at CATR. 

We wish Laura the best of luck as she finishes school and furthers her knowledge and experience in the field of Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies.

Click here to learn more about CATR's Instructor-In-Training Program.

A Huge Thanks to Our Blue Jean Ball Sponsors & Event Committee! 

2017 Event Sponsors

Grand Champion Sponsor 

Addy's Harbor Dodge

Winner's Circle Sponsors 

Charleston Veterinary
Referral Center 
Kiawah Cares Foundation

Blue Ribbon Sponsors 
Akers Ellis Real Estate 
& Rentals 
Anderson Insurance Associates 
Bank of North Carolina 
Dottie's Pharmacy 
Hoover the Mover 
Kiawah Island Real Estate 
Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation 
Riverbank Veterinary Clinic 
Wells Fargo Private Bank

In-Kind Sponsors

Carolina Sound
Just Stuff It

2017 Event Committee

Melanie Birch
Lynn Blagden
Maggie Grzecki
Betsy Halstead
Elizabeth Johrendt
Mary Anne Luttrell
Gigi McShane
Kim Poff
Sarah Rose
Meg Rothnie
Zinnia Willits

CATR & BEC Events
April 10th - 15th  
CATR Spring Break  
April 23rd 
Blue Jean Ball
Click here for tickets!

April 24th - 29th 
Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 13th
CATR Horse Show

June 1st - 4th  
PATH Intl. Instructor Workshop & Certification
Click here for details.

June 6th - 9th 
CATR Summer

June 14th - July 22nd 
CATR Summer Session 
June 12th - 15th,
June 19th - 22nd &
June 26th - 29th  
BEC Summer Camp 

July 10th - 13th   
BEC Advanced Summer Camp

*For more information about BEC Summer Camps contact Julia Nichols at 

CATR on Screen  
Films for Humanity 

If you were at CATR at the beginning of March, you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary - a film crew complete with lots of neat equipment! 

In the summer of 2016, Mike and Laura Kelly visited CATR and were immediately interested in our work.  They are the co-founders of Films for Humanity, a film production company out of Kansas City that produces short films "designed to stir the human spirit, raise awareness and inspire action."  

When a donor asked if we would be interested in the team at Films for Humanity making a film for CATR, we were thrilled!  Our answer was, "YES!" quickly followed by "When can we start?"

We met with Mike and his professional team and discussed ways to capture the true essence of CATR on screen. They took it from there and got to work doing their research about a CATR student and organizing three days of filming at the farm and in the student's school and home.  

The crew arrived on March 1st with a full trailer of cameras, lighting and even a drone!  After three full days, the team was satisfied with their footage of CATR's facility, therapeutic riding lessons, horses and interviews.  The team is now hard at work creating the final product.  We can't wait to see it!

The big film debut will be at our annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 23rd!  Event details are below.  We hope to see you there!   

CATR's First Blue Jean Ball  
In the Company of Horses Annual Event

This year CATR's Event Committee has come up with a fun way to use our covered arena!  We are hosting our first Blue Jean Ball under the roof!  The event will be similar to past years but with a few new additions.  Elizabeth Scarborough will be performing as Taylor Swift, and there will be a dance floor for everyone to show off their moves!  The evening under the roof also includes:
  • Dinner by Just Stuff It
  • Drinks by EVO
  • Book signing by John Blackburn, author of Healthy Stables by Design
  • Online silent auction
  • Live auction by Doug Warner
  • Films for Humanity Film Debut
  • Photo booth
  • And more!

We hope you will throw on your favorite pair of blue jeans and boots and join us on Sunday, April 23rd from 4 to 7!   


*The early ticket discount has been extended until  
Friday, April 7th.  Click here to get your tickets today!  


BEC Pony Club Members Compete 
Quiz Rally in Florence
Brickhouse Equestrian Center's Pony Club attended their first Quiz Rally on February 18th in Sumter, SC.   Quizzes are designed to promote a deep understanding and familiarity with the material presented at each certification level.  Many aspects of Pony Club mounted rallies can be learned at the Quiz Rally.  Quiz Rallies challenge Pony Club members to learn horsemanship and horse care, provide them with opportunities to display and learn good sportsmanship, leadership, stewardship, and teamwork as they prepare thoroughly, plan and cooperate with their teammates, and take winning or losing in stride.

A Quiz Rally is made up of five phases: Classroom, Stations, Mega Room, Barn and Written Test.  In the Classroom phase, members are asked individual questions which they must answer orally in a specific amount of time.  During the Stations phase, teams move through a variety of stations and answer questions at those stations as a team.  The stations may be written, hands-on, or even games.  Teams then move on to the Barn phase, which is presented in a barn, or barn-like, setting.  Members must be able to demonstrate a skill and many questions are hands-on.  Each member is given an individual question before the team as a whole is given one.  The final phase of Quiz is the Written Test, an individual, multiple choice test.  At the end of the rally competitors are scored as individuals, as well as, a team.

Shannon Yost on Buttercup at BEC
BEC Pony Club Member, Shannon Yost shares her experience below:  
This was Brickhouse Equestrian Center's first time participating in a Quiz Rally.  It was a fun and unforgettable experience.  I learned many new things and met many new people.  I really liked being around people who love horses as much as I do.  My favorite phase was the barn because it was more hands on.  My team came in second in our division and our other Pony Club teams placed first and third in their divisions.  We all had lots of fun preparing for the different phases.  I was surprised at how much work and organization was required for this rally, and I want to thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work to make this a fun time for all of the Pony Clubs.  This Quiz Rally was a great first experience and we can't wait to participate next year!