On Saturday, April 5, the Friends of Windridge will welcome visitors to Horse & Rider 2014. This annual fundraising event, held to benefit of the Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, is dedicated to improving the lives of those who face life with a mental, cognitive, or physical disability, and/or a life-debilitating situation through equine therapy – a partnership of horse and rider.
Dawn Martin, a long-time Friends of Windridge committee member, invites the community to come out in support of Windridge and enjoy the fun-filled afternoon. The events, beginning at noon and continuing through 3:30 p.m., include a raffle and silent auction, children’s activities, and the opportunity to celebrate the students riding achievements through rider demonstrations.
“I believe that the only way a community of people thrives is for people to be involved with each other,” Mrs. Martin said. “We all have different strengths and talents, and when those are put together the unit is strong. If we try to stand alone, we become weak.
In addition to her commitment to Windridge and the Friends Committee, Mrs. Martin is a member of the Horsemasters Equine Training Club where she serves as ride secretary.
Mrs. Martin was born in Pecos, Texas, and graduated from Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. She has been a member of the Longview community for 27 years, and is employed with Windridge as an executive assistant. Mrs. Martin and her husband, David, have been married six years. The Martins are members of First United Methodist Church.
“Through my affiliation with Windridge and observing other non-profit organizations throughout the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of watching this community embrace the needs of a non-profit and unselfishly give of their time and efforts to support the mission statement of each organization,” Mrs. Martin said.
For more information on Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center of East Texas and the upcoming Horse & Rider 2104, please call 903-797-2414, or visit www.windridgetexas.org.