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November 2012: EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A $2,000 grant from
Plum Creek Foundation will help Over The Rainbow riding program continue to
bring therapy on horseback to mentally and physically challenged youth in Coos
and Curry counties.
February 2012: Over the Rainbow received a $2,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund to purchase horse feed.
Over The rainbow has received $2,000 grants from the Autzen Foundation and the West Family Foundation.
February 1, 2011:
Over The Rainbow has received a $2,000 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation!
December 5, 2009:Over The Rainbow participated in the annual ESA Community Bazaar. The table was filled with lots of goodies baked by parents of our riders, along with a few useful items donated by some friends of OTR. Austin was pleased as punch to make a sale!
June 13, 2009: Volunteer Appreciation and the formal unveiling of our new logo (above, left). We can't thank our volunteers enough! OTR could not exist without you! A HUGE thanks to Shelley's Graphic Arts for the new logo at no charge to OTR! Thank you! Thank you!
May 2, 2009: Play Day at Meyers Ranch in Gold Beach. 11 am to 2:30 pm. Please bring your own picnic lunch. Drinks will be provided by Mr. & Mrs. Meyers. (Update: It was a nasty day, with a couple riders who braved the elements to come. Fun was had by all despite the inclement weather.)
April 30, 2009: Over the Rainbow and Head Start ride at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Check out our photos!
7/2008 Curry County Fair Parade, Gold Beach, Oregon, July 26, 1st place kiddy parade, 3rd place parade.
4th of July, 2008 Port Orford riders participate in the annual parade.
5/2008 Over the Rainbow riders earn first place trophy for best equestrian group at the Azalea Festival Parade in Brookings on May 24, 2008. (Below)
1/2008 The North Curry riding session is now being held at the covered arena at Oldden Mews Ranch on Beach Loop Road in Bandon on Saturday mornings. This new location makes it possible to ride in inclement weather. Riders in the Bandon area are now being accepted for the program.
7/2006 We are proud to announce the acquisition of a new horse trailer. The trailer was custom built for OTR by Silverado Trailers of Springfield, Oregon. A grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, individual donations and a discount by Silverado Trailers made this purchase possible.
4/2006 Our goal of raising $1,000 has been surpassed.
11/2005 The Oregon Community Foundation has pledged a $9,000 grant toward the purchase of a new horse trailer. This grant will only be available upon successfully raising $1,000 from the community. Tax-deductable donations are being accepted for this purpose. Please mark all donations, trailer fund. Go to the "you can help" page for information on sending donations.
10/2005 Fall riding sessions began in September, Tuesdays in Gold Beach, Wednesdays in Brookings and Fridays in Port Orford.
6/2005 Summer riding sessions will begin in August, Tuesdays in Gold Beach, Wednesdays in Brookings and Fridays in Port Orford.
5/2005 Mary Margaret Smith Earns NARHA Certification
Over The Rainbow program director, Mary Margaret Smith, recently completed a course of study to become a NARHA certified instructor. The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association is a non-profit organization that establishes standards and guidelines to promote safe, quality, therapeutic riding programs. Smith attended a three day workshop in Estacada, Oregon, which included: written exams; a demonstration of her horsemanship skills; along with preparation and teaching of a lesson for two handicapped individuals. “I would like to thank Sylvia Allen, of Coos Bay, Beth Welch and Alice Pfand of Port Orford for their assistance in helping me prepare for the riding section of the workshop; and our board of directors and my family for their encouragement," Smith said. "I am excited about how the information I learned through NARHA and networking with other NARHA instructors will help us to better serve our riders.”
9/2004 Fall riding sessions are now being held on Tuesdays in Gold Beach, Wednesdays in Brookings and Fridays in Port Orford.
6/2004 Summer riding sessions are now being held in Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford.
4/2004 The annual benefit horse show was held on May 8, at the Gold Beach fairgrounds. The show is sponsored by Driftwood Tack & Western Wear and all proceeds benefit Over The Rainbow.
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