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IDS in the Community – IDS “Gives a Leg Up” with Spruce Meadows Charity Competition

July 1st, 2014

A Special Cause

Operating on a weekly basis from April through September, Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding brings people and horses together to create immeasurable bonds, rider confidence, and improve physical outcomes. Founded in 1998, their goal is to provide those with disabilities the opportunity to experience horseback riding, with the added benefit of being therapeutic for the riders by using the horse’s natural gait to gently relax tight muscles and improve core strength, balance, and coordination.

Both our accounting manager, Carol Nolan, and our director of sales, Elizabeth Roney, have been heavily involved in the organization which helps provide a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with physical, social and intellectual challenges.

A Great Opportunity

This past May we had an opportunity to team up with Opening Gaits on a very special project.

As part of the Spruce Meadows National Tournament, a showjumping competition that hosts the best athletes and horses from around the world, Spruce Meadows held the “Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up” charity auction. The idea was to increase awareness and provide aid to local organizations that focus on helping others in their communities.

This year’s competition centered on 20 local organizations taking life-sized fiberglass horse sculptures and adding whatever artistic flair they could dream up to promote their business or the community.

Naturally, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on our horse and get to work. Our designers, sculptors, and painters were able to come up with the magnificent idea to add custom-made wings to turn our horse into a Pegasus. This design was inspired by the Opening Gaits’ logo of a Pegasus and its rider. We began the competition with very high hopes.

A Rewarding Experience

After the tournament’s conclusion, the results poured in, and our horse was the recipient of the very prestigious “Spruce Meadows Pegasus Club” award for first place. An award that, until this year had not even existed, but was created to celebrate our outstanding design.

Aside from the first-place ribbon, the award also came with a cash prize worth $10,000, all of which will be going to continue supporting the ‘Opening Gaits’ organization.

Opening Gaits

From June through September, Spruce Meadows will be auctioning off all 20 horses, with the proceeds of each sale going to the organization responsible for each entry.

 

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