We asked… and you responded!

Thanks to all of you that supported the Global Giving and Unity Day as well as Cinco’s 15 th birthday!

Cinco particularly appreciated the extra birthday treats that TJ fed to him.

Money raised will be supporting our development of on-demand videos as well as Zoom-based therapeutic riding classes.

TJ feeding Cinco his birthday treats

Global Day of Action for Giving

Help us help our students missing their time with Miracles horses!  And help Cinco celebrate his 15th birthday!  (Did you know Cinco was born on 5/5/05 – hence his name – Cinco!) This May 5th is also the Day of Global Action for Giving and Unity in Response to COVID-19. A generous donor will match contributions made until 5/9/20. 

 
We’re developing on-line programming and could use your help! Cinco also thinks it's his chance to capture the starring role! Cinco says, "I want to be a star, but I'm not crazy about the wardrobe requirements!"

Here’s more information on how you can help! 


In Memory of Scooter

Everyone at Miracles has been touched by spending time with our therapy horses, particularly Scooter. We are saddened to say goodbye. He touched so many lives since coming to Miracles in 2006. He was a Standardbred Pacer, which is no surprise to anyone who led him around the arena – (or was led by him!) He was always willing to “walk on.”  At Miracles, he was used in both hippotherapy and therapeutic riding,  sometimes in the same day. He was a versatile and generous horse.

Here are just some of the comments made by board members and volunteers on learning of his passing:

He will be missed forever in our hearts and the hearts of our students. --Nikole 

He's been a good boy.  He could not have received more support. But I think his body was telling us time to let go. But we will miss him. --Colleen 

Scooter always gave his best. Such a role model for human and horse. As we loved him so, we knew it was time to let him go.

Scooter was all of this and more. --Deb

I enjoyed leading Scooter in TR classes. When the Instructors would play Green light/Red light we always won, thrilling the rider with Scooter's quick step. He was always willing to Walk On and quickly. It just won’t be the same. --Jerry

While serving as a side walker and then a horse leader with Miracles in Motion, I had the opportunity to work with Scooter quite a bit. I quickly recognized what a wonderful asset he is to all the therapeutic riding programs. His dedication is outstanding and because of his unique personality, I wanted to provide him with continued support through the Adopt a Horse program. --Tracy

I am so sorry. He was a sweetie.

If you wish to donate in memory of Scooter, here is the link


Coronavirus

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.


Thank You

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:
August 2019
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!
Sept. 2019
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. 

Painted horse from Boo at the Barn

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.

New Sign for Miracles in Motion

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. 


meet
Nicole

My daughter, who has Down syndrome, has been riding with Miracles in Motion for several years.

It is amazing that working to ride and care for a horse is not only therapeutic but also improves her skills and development. Through Miracles, we have seen her muscle tone, coordination, attention, and speech improve.

The great strides in endurance and strength have enabled her to participate more in her peers' activities of running, jumping, and playing.

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We have seen her muscle tone, coordination, attention, and speech improve.