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December 30, 2012

Horse group provides hope

Each year, the Horses of Hope organization in Baxter Springs, Kan. host dinner theater nights with live and silent auctions to help raise money for their non-profit organization. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College students volunteered their time three of the four nights the event was hosted. They assisted with serving guests and coordinating the auction.

"We would like to thank the NEO equestrian team for all of their volunteer support at our 2012 Country Christmas Dinner Theater and 15th Anniversary Celebration fundraising event. They were so willing to help in any way as servers and assisting with our horse drawn wagon rides. They were outstanding representatives of NEO A&M College to all who attended," said Shelly McColm, director for Horses of Hope.

"It has been a wonderful opportunity to help Horses of Hope and their endeavors. This community service has opened the eyes of the equestrian team to how influential horses can be to the well-being of

individuals, especially those with disa-

bilities."Equestrian Coach Chelsie Huseman.

The Horses of Hope organization has also helped the NEO equestrian team this year. They leased one of their exceptional horses to the team to use for practice.

"This has been a very rewarding and mutually beneficial relationship between NEO and Horses of Hope. We look forward to future engagements with this amazing organization," Huseman said.

According to the organization’s website, Horses for Hope is a non-profit organization established in 2003.The purpose is to provide therapeutic healing of the mind, body and soul using horses as a dynamic, interactive tool for individuals of all ages with or without disabilities. Disabilities may include  those who may suffer from physical or mental disabilities, physical or mental abuse or are financially deprived. The goal is to build hope, increase self-esteem and to enhance the joy and inspiration for life in all individuals who participate in their programs.

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