Riding is Serious Business

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.


A bit about our Giving Tuesday Match Donor


Riding is also “serious business” for Jean Walker, our Giving Tuesday Match Sponsor, except when it comes to Halloween. This year Jean dressed her horse Murphy and herself in a CHIPS theme! They really look the part! 


Jean has been a consistent supporter of Miracles. Her donations often go to horse care, i.e., farrier and saddle fitting.  We are delighted she has offered to match Giving Tuesday donations up to $5000.  Please help us take full advantage of this match! 


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. 


Newest MVECS Buckle Recipients, May 2019

On Sunday, May 5th, Miracles was extremely proud to present MVECS (Military Veterans Equine Care Squad) Buckles to two of our distinguished Veteran students.This presentation included a "first" for MVECS.Our first female recipient is Kim Phillips. Rodney Brewer and Kim both received the MVECS Buckle. 

Our buckle program is for those who want to really "buckle" down and show their interest in horses.They are required to complete the class, volunteer at least 25 hours at the farm and pass an extensive written and practical test with a score of at least 95%.Much like a skills badge in the military, this is something that must be EARNED.Less than 1/3 of our students have actually earned the right to wear the buckle and they do so with pride.

Both of our students are Army vets.The buckles were presented by Ken Manley, founder of the MVECS program.

Left to right: Director of Operations, Maddie Lebben; MVECS graduate, Kim Phillips; MVECS Coordinator, Ken Manley; MVECS graduate, Rodney Brewer; past MVECS graduate and board member, TJ West; President of the Miracles Board, Lois James
Meet Kim, MVECS's first woman graduate. We are so pleased that she has agreed to donate her time and support for our next MVECS class with Ken Manley.
Rodney Brewer receives his  MVECS buckle from Ken Manley.

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.