April 3. Our thoughts go out to our families, staff, volunteers, therapists, board, and instructors during this very difficult time. We know that a change of routine can be very distressing, most of all for our parents and students. Please stay safe everyone!
We have cancelled classes and volunteer training through the last week in April. We will continue to monitor conditions and let you know as soon as we decide about the remaining sessions.
Of course, we need to continue feeding our herd! We are so grateful for our staff and chore volunteers who continue to look after the needs of our wonderful therapy horses!
Because we have volunteers who feed and tend to the horses daily, we are taking videos and photos and posting on our Facebook page. Check there often.
Want to keep in touch with a horse? Send your favorite horse a letter. We will read it to the horse and video the horse listening. Would you like to read a story to one of our horses? Write a story? Draw a picture to decorate the horse stalls? We welcome your ideas about keeping in touch with MIracles in Motion. Please send us your ideas.
We asked and you responded. Miracles goes into 2020 in solid financial shape because of your year-end support. Our Giving Tuesday goal was $5000; we raised $4985. For year-end our goal was $20,000 and donations totaled $21,155. This results in over $50,000 to support the programs at Miracles in Motion. Thank you.
Riding is Serious Business
Thanks to our two year-end match sponsors. Jim & Mary Pratt again matched the first $5000 of end-of-the-year contributions to honor the memory of Ethan, Seth, Mira, and Eleanor Sueppel. Lois James matched the remaining $16,155 contributions in memory of her horse Sanchez who taught her everything she knows about horses, riding, and life.
We all love it when our kids do well and Jessie’s mom is no exception. Here is what she had to say about riding at Miracles this season:
Jessie rode so beautifully at Miracles in Motion last night. She has come such a long way since the beginning of this session. She and her horse Brett make a perfect team. I love watching her ride. What a magnificent young woman!
Jessie did her last ride tonight at Miracles in Motion for the fall session. Now we wait until spring. Jessie no longer needs two sidewalkers because she controls the horse so well. She was able to get her horse to behave when he started not listening or following directions. Jessie is a FREAKIN rockstar!
See for yourself – here’s a video and more photos of Jessie through the year at Miracles.
Our thanks to our Giving Tuesday match sponsor, Jean Walker!
Thank you to all who donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign, and to our match sponsor, Jean Walker. Jean is a consistent supported of Miracles who stepped up with a $5000 match to donations for Giving Tuesday. The campaign closed out December 8th and raised $4,985! Very, very close to our goal!
Jessie, one of our therapeutic riding students says “riding is serious business”. It’s serious business for Jean also, except at Halloween. Here is a shot of her and her horse, Murphy, dressed for the occasion!
Boo at the Barn a big success
Miracles in Motion held its 3rd annual Boo at the Barn event on October 26th. Spark (Simons Powering Autism Research) joined Miracles in hosting an "Early Access" hour for those with sensory sensitivities. The event then opened to the public from 1-3pm.
The 390 guests attending found a variety of games, crafts and activities to celebrate Halloween and the end of the Miracles season. Amy’s Walking Witches (a treasure hunt for “witches” hidden around the property) and “trick-or-treat through the stables” were very popular, along with exercising on the inflatables and the outdoor games. Thanks to Maggie's Farm Wood Fired Pizza and Moo Moo's Ice Cream truck, no one went hungry!
Great deals were found at the silent auction and one lucky person won a rocking horse that was raffled off.
Thanks go to Mary Chadwick for organizing a great event; Nikole Tutton for spearheading the silent auction; Sam Rand (Hills Bank) for taking the lead on stall decorations, plus a host of volunteers and craft partners that made sure everyone had a great time.
Boo at the Barn Sponsors for 2019
Miracles in Motion thanks all of the 2019 sponsors of Boo at the Barn.
New Sign for Miracles
Jacob Van Zante, a volunteer and Eagle Scout, designed, made, funded, and then installed the new sign for MIracles in Motion that you see when you drive by on 120th St. NW. The sign will be officially dedicated on Saturday, September 21, from 3-5 p.m. at Miracles. Come see the new sign and thank Jacob in person.
Goats and Sheep Grazing at Miracles
A pasture that had not been used recently became so overgrown that it was not safe to mow with the tractor. On August 3, goats and sheep from Twin Pine Farm came to forage and clean up the pasture.
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