By: Emily Johnson
March 29, 2014
Thomasville, GA - Folks couldn't have asked for a more picture perfect evening at the 2ND Annual Hands and Hearts for Horses Saturday night.
Since 2000 the organization has offered therapeutic horsemanship opportunities to children with disabilities.
"The horses calm them down, the movement helps calm them down, it helps them focus better," said Karey Singletary, Co-Founder of Hands and Hearts.
Singletary said the children learn important life lessons in the program.
"To be independent on the horse and it helps them with school when they go back," said Singletary.
Hands and Hearts teaches lessons six days a week. Sadie Parrish is one of the students. "It's been fun, I love the horses," said Parrish.
Parrish has been riding since 2009 and her parents said that it's been wonderful to have Hands and Hearts in town.
"It doesn't seem like it's therapy for her because she just loves it so much. Really, she needs a lot of therapy with her condition and it helps with her legs to stay stretched out," said Valeria Parrish, Sadie's mom.
The hoedown tonight brought more than 350 folks out. Tables could be purchased for $750. All of the money raised will go back into the programs that Hands and Hearts offers.
"It's been really amazing to see the people that want to support kids and help them in any way that they can," said Singletary.
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