2017 Spirithorse Sporting Clay Tournament
LIBERTY, July 31, 2017 - This year, Clay Mound Sporting Center is hosting a 2017 Sporting Clay Tournament for SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center. It will be held Friday, August 25 at Clay Mound Sporting Center, 2001 Texaco Road in Liberty. If you, or your company, would like to be a sponsor or compete in the clay shoot, please contact Nicki at 832-784-3190 or Nikole.firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration begins that morning at 8:00 a.m.. Shooting starts at 9:00 a.m. You may register early on www.iclays.com.
The main event is $100 per individual or $400 per 4-man team. Awards are 1 pistol per 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team, and a Yeti cooler for 1st place long bird event. Women’s and Men’s highest score will also be awarded.
When SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center began in 2010, they had 2 boys, 2 horses, and 1 instructor. Each year, more people have heard of SpiritHorse Liberty and have benefitted from being involved. Many have been special needs children and adults. And, many have come across the cattle guard to volunteer their time and knowledge for the riders. None of the workers at SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center are monetarily paid. If asked, every volunteer will quickly say they ARE richly paid – in smiles and hugs, in experiencing the progress each rider makes, in being a part of the parents’ joy when small steps are made. Paychecks and wealth come in different forms.
Parents bring their children from the nine (9) surrounding counties. Some parents drive 55 miles one way for their child to participate in equine therapy with us. We have served children from 9 months old to adults 63 years old. Special needs riders ride for free. For typical children and adults, we ask for a $20 donation for horse care.
The counties in our area are fortunate to have a therapy center of such high caliber so close for our families to use. Please support SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center by participating in and/or donating to the 2017 SpiritHorse Sporting Clay Tournament.
SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center has completed their 2017 Spring Schedule.
During the Spring of 2017, we provided instruction on only two (2) days each week. We served 31 riders with 17 volunteers. Many different physical, behavioral, sensory, and self-esteem activities (such as focusing on the task, dropping the ring on a tube, putting the ball through a hoop, opening locks with a key, opening doors and gates, checking the mailbox, obstacle course maneuvering, brushing and bathing a horse, walking a horse over a bridge) are guided by the riders’ instructor, horse handler, and side walker while the rider is on the horse.
SpiritHorse Liberty Therapeutic Riding Center is funded by grants from large companies. Spectra Energy, Sam Houston Electric, and Exxon have all donated to SpiritHorse Liberty. Most of our donations come from the citizens of Liberty County and surrounding counties. We have had water donated by Altus Health Care and our riders’ parents. Several community members have left donations with Chachere Feed to help cover the cost of feed. Hay has been donated, or sold to us at a reduced cost, through local ranchers. I, Donna Wiebelhaus, would like to say a Sincere Thank You ! to ALL the volunteers and community supporters that help make this facility a successful and happy place for so many riders and visitors.
We do several fundraisers each year. Our main fundraiser is Trinity Valley Exposition during October. With the help of our riders’ parents, the Dayton High School ROTC, the Liberty High School Law Class, and the Liberty County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse, we have worked both concession stands and the East parking lot for the past 5 years.
Magnolia Place Nursing Home, Liberty Health Care, Liberty High School Life Skills class, Anahuac Life Skills class, and Liberty Elementary Life skills class visit SpiritHorse Liberty.
In honor of Nursing Home Week, SpiritHorse Liberty helped the staff of Liberty Health Care in Liberty treat their residents to a day of bunnies, horses, fishing, shoot the basket, and a delicious lunch. Russell, Tanner, Snowball, Streak, and Midnight thoroughly enjoyed the hugs, soft words, and petting.