News from Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding  (CATR) 
April 2018  

Volunteer Spotlight Judy & CJ Rutecki
Judy Rutecki and her son CJ started volunteering at CATR in 2005. They love to interact with all the students every Saturday.

CJ is now in the Air Force, but he comes to visit the farm when he is home on leave.  Judy served in the Air Force for twelve years and now works at East Cooper Hospital. 

When Judy is not volunteering at CATR she is involved with the flag program for Veterans.  She also loves kayaking and cooking for friends.  Judy's favorite lesson horse is Woodstock!   

THANK YOU Judy & CJ for the many hours you have given to CATR's students!

CATR & BEC Upcoming Events
Blue Jean Ball
April 22nd, 4 - 7 pm
Click here for tickets!

CATR Student Horse Show & BEC Bake Sale
May 12th,  9:00 - 1:00

PATH Intl. State Education Day & Volunteer Conference
May 19th, 10:00 - 5:30

CATR Magnificent Circus Summer Camp
June 4th - 7th

PATH Intl. Instructor Workshop & Certification
June 7th - 10th
Click here for details.

HETI Conference
June 25th - 29th

CATR Medieval Times Summer Camp
July 23rd - 26th

CATR & BEC Summer Olympic Games Camp
August 6th - 9th

*For more information about CATR's Summer Camps, email Lauren Gayden.

Thank You, Golf Tournament Volunteers!
The Liberty Mutual Invitational is the largest charity golf tournament in the US, raising millions for a wide range of non-profits each year. 

CATR was honored to be the local beneficiary of the National Championship Finals held on Kiawah Island in March.  It was a big tournament that required 80 volunteers each day! 

A huge thanks to everyone who represented CATR as a tournament volunteer!   
CATR's Blue Jean Ball  
Sunday, April 22nd from 4 to 7  

CATR's Blue Jean Ball is coming up on Sunday, April 22nd! 

This year, we are thrilled to welcome well-known artist, Eddie Bush, to perform under the roof!  Let him entertain you while you dine on a delicious dinner by Just Stuff It, sip on a refreshing drink by EVO and Mamasita's Margaritas and bid on some of our never-seen-before auction items!

About Eddie -

Eddie Bush has been hooked on playing the guitar since age 4 when his father traded a set of golf clubs for an old acoustic. From that point forward, making music became his heart's primary desire. His passionate, unending drive and innate musical talent had this self-taught, guitar-slinging singer/songwriter performing original material at a school talent show by the age of 13.

Eddie has performed at major events throughout the U.S., including Farm Aid, the Newport Folk Festival, Country Thunder, CMA Fest, and the B.R. Cohn Festival. He has toured with GRAMMY® winning guitarist Eric Johnson as well as Phil Vassar, .38 Special, Julianne Hough and Rusted Root. He has shared concert billing with some of today's biggest artists, including Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Writing songs and theme music for other artists, commercial businesses, and television has become an added focus in Eddie's ever developing career. In 2014, he took his writing to Music Row in Nashville, signing with Blue Guitar Music. A prolific songwriter, Eddie
has been commissioned to write songs for various efforts, including: Fraternal Order of Police fund raising ("The Thin Blue Line"), corporate education giant Edison Learning's motivational anthem ("The Power Of You"), and theme music for the national TV show on Fox Sports South, A Piece Of The Game.

Eddie wrote or co-wrote the vast majority of songs featured on his 18 releases as well as One Flew South's Last of the Good Guys. Eddie has co-written with legendary songwriters JD Souther (many Eagles' hits), Marcus Hummon ("Bless The Broken Road", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Born To Fly"), Mark Hudson (Aerosmith's "Living On The Edge"), Eliot Kennedy (multiple Spice Girls' hits), Billy Mann (Pink) and a host of others. 

We hope you will throw on your favorite pair of blue jeans and boots and join us at the farm on Sunday, April 22nd from 4 to 7!
  Click here to get your tickets today! 
*Ticket prices go up on April 9th. 
BEC Student Spotlight  
Morgan Coleman 

Morgan started riding at BEC in the spring of 2015.  At only 11 years old, she was just beginning her riding career. One of the first horses that Morgan rode, and quickly fell in love with, was Tinkerbell. This well-trained mare carried Morgan through her first canter and her first cross rails. 

In addition to weekly riding lessons and practice rides, Morgan is also an active member in the BEC Pony Club and spends her summers volunteering for the beginner horseback riding camps.

Morgan is currently leasing BEC school horse, Rosie.   One of Morgan's biggest challenges has been, "Getting over the mental blocks of jumping!" Rosie and Morgan have come a long way and make a great team. When asked what she has learned from riding at BEC, Morgan replied, "I've learned a lot. Too much to put down on one line! But the biggest thing is that no two horses are alike." Learning to adapt to the needs of various horses is a big part of becoming a seasoned rider.

Morgan is currently home-schooled, but is looking forward to attending Palmetto Scholars Academy next year for 10th grade. She is unsure about college but aspires to be an equine vet.

When she isn't at the barn, Morgan loves to play video games and work on her art.  Most recently, she did an incredible pencil sketch of the barn!  Prints of her sketch will be available at this year's Blue Jean Ball!

More About Morgan -
Favorite Color: Lilac
Favorite Animal: Horse - duh!
Favorite Food: Tacos
What makes BEC/CATR so special? "Inclusiveness. No one is ever left out, anyone can ride here."
What do you love best about BEC/CATR?: "I really like how there is a nice community here. You can always come out and say hi and feel welcome and make new friends." 
CATR Goes International  
HETI Conference, Dublin, Ireland 

CATR has recently become involved with HETI - an international organization that "facilitates the worldwide collaboration between organizations and individuals whose objectives are philanthropic, scientific and educational in the field of equine assisted activities."

The Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) hosts a five day conference every three years in locations all over the globe.  The 2018 HETI Congress is being held in Dublin, Ireland in June.  CATR Instructors, Anja Cain and Amanda Gerald, have been invited to do an oral presentation about Interactive Vaulting for public school groups.  CATR Executive Director, Murray Neale, will also be representing our center at the conference.

Safe travels to Anja, Amanda and Murray!