One Heart Equestrian Therapy hosts first Open Barn
You are invited to visit One Heart Equestrian Therapy during its first Open Barn Sunday, Aug, 3, from 3–5 p.m. One Heart Equestrian Therapy is a nonprofit founded in Story County that offers therapeutic services to people with disabilities using horses. The horses will be presented at the Strum Family Arena, host of One Heart, located at 59149 140th St., Roland. Kris Lager, co-founder and executive director of One Heart, describes the event as ‘Frozen in August.’
“We decided to have the horses meet the public in a unique way, explains Lager. “We have three Norwegian Fjord horses, the kind of horse that is shown in the movie “Frozen.” Visitors will be offered photo opportunities with the horses. “With the interest in the movie, we expect there will be many Frozen fans come meet the horses, “ Lager said. The event, co-hosted by the Story City Sons of Norway, will serve ice cream and also display authentic Norwegian heritage items.
“Of course, the other horses don’t want to be left out” laughed Lager, “They will also want to be part of the fun.” To display the horses, local groups plan to decorate a selected horse’s stall so it will feature the horse as a star of a book or movie. “Most kids and parents will immediately recognize our ponies who will pose as Spirit and Rain,” Lager stated. The Boone 4-H group and the Story-Roland Girl Scouts have already chosen a horse to present at the open barn. “Except for the Frozen horses and Spirit, we want to keep the other horse decorations a surprise,” said Lager. Groups interested in decorating a themed stall to present a horse should contact Kris Lager through the organization’s email, email@example.com.
“We encourage the Frozen princesses to dress up and for visitors to take all the pictures they want,” Lager said.
One Heart is a volunteer-based service. Volunteer training for the upcoming session of therapeutic riding will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 59149 140th St., Roland. Each client usually requires three volunteers during their class. One Heart currently serves riders from nine counties. More information is available at www.onehearthorses.org or on Facebook.