We have been slowly and steadily preparing for this day! It is now official and we have established Natchez Trace Stables Foundation with love and grace. This is a nonprofit organization that offers equine activities for children with special needs and circumstances. We can’t do this without your support, in so many ways.
Right now, we are establishing the infrastructure (website, donation portal, volunteer training, horse training, PATH instructor training and accreditation) that you will take pride in. We want to be a Premier Equine Facility for you. We are also booking birthday parties and field trips and planning camps and fun days for the summer.
We are not doing therapy yet, but we are having a blast with the very first of our special students that are taking lessons now. I will say, I think I am more blessed and it touches my heart every time to see their joy. You will just have to let me have my happy tears.
And the parents, oh my! Whether a volunteer parent or a student parent, you all are so patient and graceful and full of amazing characteristics and resources. THANK YOU!
It takes a lot of courage to believe in a new endeavor and these people have stepped up and beyond. And, a big shout out to the volunteers who are faithfully showing up to make this happen. We absolutely can not do this without you. It is a joy and a blessing for us to watch you grow and laugh and learn. Below are the first two volunteers (indentured servants…) enjoying a break in between lessons.
Well, I leave you this week with this thought…Delight thy self in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
He certainly is manifesting the vision of our hearts into a place of love, grace and FUN!
For those of you following our posts, I know you made New Year Resolutions that you may not have kept to the level that you intended. Well, we now join those ranks. We intended to blog once a week (which is not that much for you social techies) and have failed (don’t judge..). It has been a bit more than a week!
This is where grace comes in! We are building and growing and moving so fast, sometimes it is difficult to get our heads wrapped around how God is moving. And then at other times, it seems that we spend all of our time asking “Are you sure? Are we headed in the direction you want us to be?”
Do you ever feel this way? I know you do , even if you don’t admit it…it’s ok. That is the entire reason we are Natchez Trace Stables with Love and Grace. That is what it is all about.
You have seen the deck, the classroom and the lab. If you have not, we have tours 3 times a month and would love for you to join one and catch our vision! We have started putting up rails around the loping pens to keep our special students safe. We have attended our first Special Needs Symposium and have been met with resounding acceptance! We have had agencies out to visit and help us develop programs. How wonderful to start to see the vision come to life.
Spring is now in the air and we are booking our Spring Lessons (see our page for more details) and Birthday Parties and Spring Field Trips (see our Ride Through History). We have babies in training and new horses in training. The Trail Riding Club is growing! We are looking forward to seeing all you wonderful horse enthusiasts riding the trails and enjoying their special relationships and forming new ones.
For so long, this has been a vision in our mind’s eye and heart’s beat, to now see this start to transition to reality…..it is every bit scary as it is exciting! We can’t do this without you, we certainly don’t have the experience you have. We pray that God works through us with you and your help and wisdom to create a premier equine facility for your needs.
Ok, my goal is to blog once a week to keep you updated on how our story develops. More than that, you are a part of what we are developing and need your input. As for progress, we have our laboratory for Horsemanship Camps and we have started using it to share with participants how a horse lives and what the equipment is and how they feed.
We have a brand new deck for all participants to enjoy! It is the best place to relax, visit and see your child ride while you enjoy a book or coke. In addition, we are blessed to repurpose the concession stand as a classroom for art and camps. OK, it is good for staff meetings too! We had several camps over the winter holiday and so thankful that we were able to be inside and play games and drink hot chocolate with peppermint. Thanks to the guys that shared their talent to build a warm place for us and for you to enjoy!
I am not a blogger, but my passion is it share this story as it is written and look back to visit how God constructed this legacy from day one. I am sure that it will be awkward to put into words at times and a bit mundane. We are cleaning, sweating and removing all the clutter that accumulates. We have stalls ready for the winter and hay in the loft. We are a place for love and grace and believe that everyone that comes deserves to experience that peace that can be felt upon entering.
So much has been going on and yet at times, it is difficult to see. This is our story as we build and transform Natchez Trace Stables to accommodate the vision that has been placed in our hearts. You will be welcomed and needed.
We are on the lookout for new boarders to join our family. We are for you if you would like a loving stable for your four-legged family member. This is a peaceful place where you can enjoy riding and the bond created with your horse.
We are opening Christmas Holiday Camps for the first time ever! If you are looking for an additional outlet for your child then you need to look over our camp themes. We will be holding 2 hour camps that focus on general horse care, a pajama camp, craft camp and we will hold a Horse Birthday Party that your child can participate in. If you would like information on our camps, please contact me through the website and I can forward the schedule to you.
The concession stand is evolving into our camp and art room, complete with a deck that will make it wheelchair accessible. We are very excited to be able to offer a place for children to learn and grow and enjoy the outside. Parents have a place on our deck as well. They can read and watch their children grow.
We are converting one of our stalls into a horse lab where children can learn the parts of a horse and saddle. They can learn how a horse is measured and enjoy sitting on our mini-horse to get the feel.
The website is getting developed and infrastructure being laid. This entails a lot of writing and research and thought. Much of it is so new and pray that God continues to drive this project. So many have been so helpful to surround us with their labor and talent. Limbs getting picked up to making sure the barn is clean. We are so thankful that God has allowed us to share the vision of what will be in our mind’s eye.
Stay tuned for the next chapter in our story of love and grace for Natchez Trace Stables.