COVID-19 has taken its toll on Inspire Equine Therapy Program. Even though the program had to stop providing therapy for several months, the expenses didn’t stop. Horses needed to be fed. Veterinarian visits still needed to occur. And the property needed to be cared for.
Normally, these operating costs are almost completely covered by donations raised at the Annual Boot Scootin Barn Dance Benefit, which in years past has been held live and in person on the property. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and like many other nonprofits, Inspire is taking their annual fundraising event online.
“We are hopeful that not only our past supporters will join us for the event this year, but other people who may not have been able to attend in person in the past will join us virtually and see what Inspire Equine Therapy Program is all about,” said Melissa Yarbrough, Executive Director of the Inspire Equine Therapy Program. “Even though the program isn’t in-person this year, we’ve created an evening of fun that our attendees can enjoy from the comfort of their own home.”
The event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020, with a Pre-Show that includes music from local country music singer Autumn June, followed by a Mixology presentation of a signature drink made special for the event that viewers can make at home along with guest bartender Arthur Plowden of Bar Artistry. The main event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes music, videos, a live and silent auction, and a few surprises. The night concludes with a special video from Nashville country singer Angie Rey performing her brand new song.
Anyone interested in attending the Boot Scootin Barn Dance should visit www. InspireEquineTherapyProgram.org and sign up to receive the latest news and updates on the event. Registration will officially open the week prior to the event.
Virtual 4th Annual Boot Scootin Barn Dance Benefit to support the Inspire Equine Therapy Program
Saturday, October 24, 2020
6 p.m. Pre-Show begins
6:30 p.m. Event begins
About Inspire Equine Therapy Program
Inspire Equine Therapy Program is a equine-therapy program for teens and adults with disabilities ages 10 and up, along with disabled veterans and first responders. Created in 2016 and located in Clearwater, Florida, the program uses Adaptive Riding and Adaptive Carriage Riding to help participants with balance, coordination and muscle tone improvement through exercises done on horseback. These programs also have psychological benefits including increased independence, motivation and self-control. In addition to the Adaptive Riding programs, Inspire also provides other programs for seniors, a job skills training program, and a Special Olympics Equestrian Team.
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