All posts by Jerry Hynes

Paint the Pony 2014 is Launching – Please Join Us!!


New for 2014 is a bigger, better, faster and stronger Paint the Pony campaign.  This is our annual fundraiser driven by YOU, our riders, families, friends and colleagues! For every $500 raised we will “Paint the Pony” with dollar signs. Help us reach our goal of $25,000 or more and complete the picture!

We have added a new virtual and social media tool to the mix this year with the goal of making the appeal easier and more fun to participate in. Through our partnership with Rallybound you can create your own ‘team’ and send out invitations to your friends, family and colleagues to encourage giving in a creative and fun way. You can add your own story, with images and video (if you choose) to your own webpage for this fundraiser. It is then easy to share your story with friends, family, and colleagues through social media and email to broaden the base of awareness about our services and why this funding is so critical.

We currently have a waiting list of over 60 riders that need our help.  Through increased funding we can add more horses and staff to support the growing population who need equine therapy services in the Inland Northwest.

So saddle up and help us reach the masses with our cause. You are an integral part of helping us to achieve our mission… Equipping riders for life!

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Barn Dance 2014 was a huge success!

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We want to thank everyone that came out for the Barn Dance in March.  We were able to raise $41,000 to support our programs and had over 270 people in attendance which was a new record.  The new location at Gonzaga Prep was a big hit and we are looking forward to an even bigger success in 2015.  Our event sponsors are featured in the sponsor section of the home page and you can find more great photos from the event in our photo gallery.

Staff Changes at Free Rein

As of July 15th, Jess Dropulick has completed her term of service with the Americorp program and therefore is moving on from Free Rein.  Jess has made an incredible difference in our program and we wish her well as she transitions to a residential counselor role at Morning Star Family Services.  Thank you so much Jess and we look forward to seeing you back at Free Rein very soon!  In early September we will have a new Americorp Service Member, Haley Dixon, joining us in the Volunteer Coordinator role.  We will have more information on Haley coming soon.


Book Release Party

How often do you get to hobnob with a new author and get your book signed?  Unless you personally know a published author or are connected to the industry, probably never is what I am guessing.  Now is your opportunity to change that. This coming Friday July 11th Free Rein is hosting a book release party for Andrea Swenson who is a rider in our program and has published a book about her experiences with Chester and Free Rein.  Please consider joining us for some appetizers and a chance meet Andrea, buy a copy of her book and get it signed.  There are more details in the events section of our site.  You can visit Andrea’s website for more information about the author

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Gearing up for Summer Session and our new Therapist, Bally

Things are getting busy around the ranch.  We’ve added a new Therapy Horse named Bally.  Bally is a large and wonderful new addition to our herd.  He is by far our largest horse weighing in at about 1,800 lbs and over 16 hands tall.  He is settling in nicely and currently working in our Military Horsemanship Class on Mondays.


We are also gearing up for summer session which starts on Monday July 7th.  We look forward to seeing our veteran riders and welcoming some new folks in to the program and also looking forward to seeing our wonderful volunteers. Please stop by, say hi to Bally and check out what else is happening at Free Rein.

Have a great summer!

Jerry Hynes, Executive Director