We had a wonderful group of volunteers from EverGreen Ministries in Hudsonville come to help at Renew today. Approximately 20 high school students and a handful of leaders from their Student Ministries Fall Camp were ready to jump right in and handle any task at hand. They completed a range of projects for us and we even had a bunch of students volunteer with enthusiasm to clear manure from the pasture in the pouring rain – talk about being ready and willing to serve! Thank you so much for your joyful hearts, laughter, and hard work today!
Renew Treasurer and dedicated Volunteer, Deb VanSchepen, shares a heartfelt message about her experience with two Renew students from the Summer of 2017. Deb begins, “I volunteered on Thursdays this summer and was blessed to work with Allison (Instructor) and Kelli (Volunteer). We had two students in the afternoon that have been forever woven into the fabric of my heart and life. John and Sam became part of my weekly routine and I looked forward to seeing them every bit as much as they looked forward to riding! I first met John during our school group last spring. His dad came to observe lessons a couple of times and decided to continue John’s lessons during the summer term. The highlight for me was watching him participate in our Ride-A-Thon event.
Did you know … on October 7, 2017 we took 3 students to the Reins of Life Dressage Show in Michigan City, Indiana? It was a wonderful day where the students were able to participate in an inclusive horse show environment to demonstrate their skills and be recognized for their accomplishments. For 2 of our students, it was their first horse show experience. We brought home multiple ribbons and could not be prouder of our participants and horses!
Thank you to all who came out to support our 2017 Fall Festival! We had great attendance and much fun was had last Saturday, September 30, 2017. Our horse/pony trick-or-treat rides were a highlight of the afternoon. We served 82 riders with this event activity alone. Many participants also enjoyed hay rides, cart rides, photo op station, homemade baked goods, grilled hot dogs, face painting, freshly popped popcorn, apple bobbing, and root beer floats. In addition, many enjoyed fellowship as members of our community came together in support of the occasion. Many thanks to all who participated in event planning, preparation, and serving throughout the day. A special thank you to the Holland High School Girl’s Swimming and Diving Team – 16 teammates donated their time that afternoon
Friday, September 29, 2017, was a particularly special day. That afternoon, many gathered together to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman. Janet was a dear student of ours at Renew, who passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the age of 74. Janet began riding at Renew this past year during the Spring Session. What began as a gift from her two daughters, Teresa and Jacki, to give their mom “one last ride” turned into 8 complete therapeutic riding lessons. Melissa Conner, Executive Director and Janet’s primary Instructor, stated, “The first time Janet came to visit us it went so well her daughters wanted their mom to continue riding. Next thing we knew she was enrolled in and completed lessons for the Spring session. The daughters said they
We are so glad you are here and want to officially welcome you to Renew Therapeutic Riding Center’s new blog! As many of you are aware, there is a lot happening at Renew. With so much activity and progress, we think it is important to share the good news . . . and this blog is being created to do just that. We will be using this platform to share stories, testimonials, updates, in addition to highlighting events and fun happenings. To all who are a part of our program, we want to say “thank you.” We have you in mind as we share content because each person and each role at Renew is important. Whether you are a rider, a donor, volunteer during lessons, serve on a committee, or