March 10, 2010
The latest press release about our "Back in the Saddle" program has been
distributed to the equine press and I'd like to share it with you as well.
In fact, consider this an open invitation to YOU to visit our "Virtual Press
Room" any time to read about the latest Foundation news.
At the top of the list will be a press release titled,
Horse Foundation launches new “Back in the Saddle” program for injured riders
I welcome your support of this project and your interest in being a part of our
March 5, 2010
In my last report I told you about an exciting new project we have underway.
It's called "Back in the Saddle," and we're helping to fulfill the wish of an
injured rider, now physically challenged, who wants to mount up and once again
enjoy the world on horseback. Allow me now to introduce you to the people
Meet Katie Holland:
Hometown: Belgrade, MT
Hobbies: Horses, Horses, Horses. Education: Attending Rocky Mountain College in
Goals: Ride Horses, Teach school.
Her story: Katie suffered a tragic tractor accident on Feb. 26, 2007, and had her
right leg amputated, above the hip. A strong young lady, Katie fought her way
back, graduating from high school, going on to college and showing horses at
halter with a motorized scooter. But Katie wants to RIDE again in the show ring.
Enter Randy Bird:
Randy is an accomplished saddle-maker and roper who suffered
paralysis from the chest down, following a truck accident in 1986. That hasn't
stopped Randy, who is an inspiration to us all. Randy competed at APHA World
Show in 2001, 2002, and 2005 and ranked among our top 10. He and his son, Brett,
are among the best ropers around.
Randy has agreed to craft and donate a
custom saddle to Katie for this project and will work with us on similar
ventures in the future.
1. Fly Katie to Texas for a custom saddle fitting (We did that in December).
2. Get Katie's new saddle built to specs.
3. Award Katie the new saddle at our Summer World Show, June 2010.
4. Bring Katie back to compete in that saddle at our Fall World Show, November
We need your help. Visit our Foundation Web page to make this dream a
reality. Visit our “Help Katie” page at
Any gift is appreciated.
$1,000-and-up donors receive a keepsake bronze and you can
Meet Clay Gant:
the owner and sculptor for Cowboy Bronze in Cross Timbers, Missouri.
agreed to create a limited edition series of special “American Paint Horse
Foundation Back in the Saddle” bronzes. Donors who contribute $1,000 and up to
the program will receive one of 25 inspirational bronzes, aptly titled “APHF
Back in the Saddle,” depicting a youngster saddling up a horse. Clay has
supported the Foundation’s therapeutic riding initiatives in the past with his
beautiful bronze creations. Take a look at Clay's progress on the bronze
March 1, 2010
Welcome to the "Foundation Report," where you can learn about the latest exciting
projects underway by the American Paint Horse Foundation.
Over the next several months, I'd like to invite you to be a part of following
our "Back in the Saddle" program.
Our mission is simple: To fulfill the wish of an injured rider, now physically
challenged, who wants to mount up and once again enjoy the world on horseback.
In our inaugural year of this project, the Foundation has selected an outstanding
young lady to receive a saddle.
This is an amazing story of people dedicated to helping our Foundation improve
lives. In my next report, I will introduce you to our “Back in the Saddle”
recipient -- a remarkable young lady from Belgrade, Montana, named Katie Holland.
I’ll also introduce you to a gifted saddle maker, Randy Bird of Celeste, Texas,
who knows what it’s like to be in Katie’s situation and is helping her dream
come true. And I’ll tell you about another outstanding man, Clay Gant of Cowboy
Bronze in Cross Timbers, Missouri, who is sculpting and donating a series of
bronzes to help fund this project.