Spring I has sprung…….from RFJ’s Program Manager, Heather Miner

Spring 1 Session Ushers in New Year for RFJ

Staff, students and horses at RFJ have enjoyed the start of the 2017 year at the barn.  Though the first few weeks required rides indoors due to the weather, Mother Nature changed her tune quickly, bringing in the wonderful feelings and smells of spring.

The horses seemed excited to get back to work, moving through lessons with bright eyes and smart steps.  Staff have regained the routine of lessons and scheduling, with the smiles of students reminding each what a wonderful job RFJ provides.  Students have also worked hard to return to their previous level of riding, many commenting on the differences felt after many months away.   Two new students were added to the schedule and seem to be enjoying their new adventures.

Ride for Joy was privileged to have Jillian Garrigues from Channel 6 News feature the program in “Idaho Gems.”  The story was an excellent depiction of lessons at RFJ and also advertised the 2nd annual Ride for Joy Gala, which was held at The Water’s Edge Event Center in Eagle.  The event provided a fun, Irish themed evening with food, dancing, and fund raising for the 2017 year.

The Treasure Valley Model A club visited the barn in a truly unique event.  33 Model A’s made the trip down the dirt lane for drivers to learn about Ride for Joy.  Club members were engaged in questions and heard from Diana, a longtime volunteer, what it’s like to spend time in the program.

RFJ is thankful to all of the donors, volunteers and students who continue to support the program and have had a part in opening the barn doors in 2017.