As a first post to my new website I can do no better than describe how I had the privilege to able to help the Southern Reins Centre for Equine Therapy in Tennessee. In January Jill Haag the executive director contacted me via Facebook and asked if I would be willing to donate a painting to an art auction in support of their programme.
The Southern Reins Centre for Equine Therapy was founded in July of 2015 to serve people with disabilities and severe hardship in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.
Operations originated in Nesbit, MS where the organisation held a partial lease to begin its programming to serve the Mid-South. The program experienced tremendous growth in three short years, so much so that it was necessary to look for land or an existing equestrian facility. Southern Reins found the ideal property located in Collierville TN and closed on its beautiful 28-acre facility in January of 2018. The Collierville Campus includes a 12-stall barn, attached covered riding arena, 6 turnout pastures and home that has been converted to office space.
The programme also serves Mississippi residents through its satellite DeSoto Campus, located at Lynch Ranch in Hernando MS.
I believe that causes such as these are deserving of support as whatever is given is repaid 10 times over in what they achieve. As they say themselves “The miracles we see on the backs of our horses and ponies are simply incredible, and disability disappears in the saddle at Southern Reins.”
So when Jill got in touch there was little resistance I was easily persuaded, especially when she had identified the piece that had caused her to get in touch! It is called ‘Up & Over’ and here it is:
The auction was held on 4th May at their ‘Jockey & Juleps’ party of the year at the Southern Reins Centre for Equine Therapy in Collierville Tennessee. A local event of some significance especially as it was Kentucky Derby Day. Up & Over and a reproduction of one of my other paintings made $1515 which is great news for Southern Reins. Giving work for a charity auction is undoubtedly a good thing to do, but always you worry that it won’t sell, in this case I needn’t have worried!