Bright Horizons announces 14th annual “Hearts for Horses” fundraiser

Samantha Trammell stands holding the reins of Quick while waiting for her lesson at Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center to begin. (News-Times file photo)

Bright Horizons will be holding the 14th annual “Hearts for Horses” fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6-9 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  The event is a casual family-friendly event that features the wonders of the aquarium exhibits, a silent auction as well as an oral auction and great food.

Tour the aquarium exhibits while perusing the auction items and sampling the many hors d’oeuves and desserts from local eateries. Visit with our riders, volunteers and the board of director, as well as your friends and neighbors.

Hearts for Horses is the largest fundraiser of the year for Bright Horizons and all the funds go toward rider scholarships and the care of their horses.  Rider scholarships are used to assist riders who would be otherwise unable to partake in this type of therapy due to financial constraints. Bright Horizons is happy to note that their ridership has grown to over 6o participants per week, meaning their need for support has also grown.

The costs remain low; $40 per person or $75 per couple and children under 12 are free.

Bright Horizons is  a Therapeutic Riding Center that was founded in 2004.  Bright Horizons is both a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen, International (PATH Int’l) premier accredited center.  PATH is a membership organization that fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, standards and research.  Bright Horizons operates utilizing PATH guidelines and teaching standards.

Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center takes a team-oriented approach to provide its programs targeted at disabled children and adults. A dedicated and committed board of directors, an executive director and PATH certified instructors work together with a network of service providers and volunteers in a concerted effort to instill our core values of empathy, empowerment, human dignity and the right to self-determination. Genuine healing takes place in a safe environment of tolerance and understanding where assets are tapped, potentials are realized and deficiencies are forgotten.

For more information, call Amy at 541-961-4156, or visit


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