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The Heartland Hoofbeat Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy Mark your calendars! HETRA Four Man Scramble Golf Event August 12, 1 pm Shotgun Start Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave Little Britches September 14 Skyline Ranches Family Fall Festival October 19 4-8 pm Jimando Farms, County Road 8, Yutan, NE The Ranch Run or Walk October 20, 2013 -1 pm Start St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 285 S. 208th St Jimando Events August 6, 7 & 8 – 3 Day Madagascar Camp – 9:00 – 11:00 AM August 17 – Carriage Driving Day – 2:30 – 4:30 PM September 7 – Miniature Horse Camp – 2:00 – 4:00 PM September 21 – Carriage Driving Day – 2:30 – 4:30 PM October 5 – Miniature Horse Camp – 2:00 – 4:00 PM October 19 – HETRA’s Annual Fall Festival Check out the events calendar at for more details! Thanks to HETRA Intern, Cassie Ford for assisting with the creation this edition of the Heartland Hoofbeat. Follow us on Social Media

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HETRA Begins Programming at Jimando Farms HETRA is proud to announce the first few months of programming at Jimando Farms have been a success! Thus far, we held an open house, three miniature horse camps, and two days of carriage driving lessons. At Miniature Horse Camp, students are assigned a miniature horse to learn multiple aspects of horse care. Miniature horse activities including grooming, bathing, leading, and so much more. Students also participate in other classic camp activities, such as horse related crafts and games. Students who participate in a Carriage Driving lessons have the opportunity to learn how to drive a carriage while enjoying the beautiful scenery at the farm. HETRA is excited to announce a collaboration with Conservation Fusion! HETRA and Conservation Fusion will be working together on a fun 3 day camp at Jimando Farms. Conservation Fusion’s mission is educating to build and strengthen our world. Conservation Fusion will host stations during the Camp where students will learn about the island of Madagascar and help with a project used to educate children in Madagascar about their unique natural heritage. These new stations will be held in addition to the usual horse stations. HETRA would like to thank the following for their support of the Jimando Farm program; all donors, including the Meyer Foundation for disabilities, The Dolan Family for use of the property and Doug Irvin for property management. If you have questions about Jimando Farms or any of the programs, please visit our website at or email Rachel at

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant Award The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation award is set up to support facility accessibility modifications and recently provided a SureHands Lift in the Valley HETRA barn to assist with transfers between wheelchairs and the horse. With the addition of this piece of equipment, we can serve additional adult students, and increase the safety and security of our current riders during mounting and dismounting. In a few cases, HETRA instructors were unable to safely mount a student onto the horse so the student participated in other activities, such as grooming or carriage driving. With the addition of the lift we will be able to offer riding to students, whom in the past instructors only offered alternative activities. July 2013

2013 HETRA Horse Of The Year Crowned!

Maddie asked for horse supplies or Votes for Team Jessie for her birthday!

Great Job Team Diamond, Instructor Lisa, and Diamond's team members! Have you been to on of the HETRA barns during the horse of the year campaign? If not we strongly recommend it! Hand drawn campaign posters for Ted and Waldo, bags of Trix cereal for Trixie’s campaign, and Rainbow posters decorated the barns. Waldo put up a hard fight, but in the end Diamond was the winner. The simple race for “Horse of the Year” collected pennies aka “votes” for the greatest horse in the herd and raised close to $12,000. All funds raised during this campaign go to the Horse Sponsorship Fund. ($3,600 to sponsor a HETRA horse for a year).

In lieu of birthday gifts, Ellie requested her guests bring a donation for Team Dynamite!

Thank you to the Winsor Family for sponsoring Diamond’s new HETRA HOTY Halter

A Very Successful Omaha Gives Event! On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 the Omaha Community Foundation hosted the first Omaha Gives! event. Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour online fundraising event to showcase Omaha’s spirit of giving, to raise awareness about local nonprofits, and to celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Together, the community raised over $3 million for 318 nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. This community has a strong spirit of generosity. On the day of giving, HETRA raised $3,144.03, which was directed towards the cost of care for HETRA horse, Star.

In lieu of Birthday presents, Vicky suggested her friends send money for Team Doc!

Matt collected for Team Beemer!

Thanks Wyatt for raising funds for Team Waldo!

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HETRA thanks those who have given generously to honor or memorialize the following individuals : Angela Owen Cathy Krupa Mardell Peterson

Thanks to Omaha Dairy Queen at 17101 Lakeside Hills Plaza for their generous donation of $366.59. Their donation was a portion of all sales on 3 different dates.

Thanks to Marian High School Equestrian Club for donating a bucket of horse supplies!

Thank you Bank of the West– Mortgage Banking Division for cash donation of $2,450 from jeans day!

Thank you to Union Pacific for supporting HETRA’s Equine Services for Heroes Program! Their generous $5,400 grant will help fund transportation for the veterans to their sessions at HETRA. The grant is also helping to feed and care for one of the HETRA horses.

Kelli O’Brien from Union Pacific, with HETRA Student & Volunteer

Woodmen of the World Nebraska Alpha Lodge 16 presented a check to HETRA in the amount of $1,900 from the proceeds of the Las Vegas Night Fundraiser. Thank you!

Thanks to Farm Credit Services of America for their hard work at the Valley Barn and for a donation of $1,000!

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Another Successful Blue Jeans and Dreams Event Over 600 guests attended the 13th annual Blue Jeans and Dreams event on April 20, 2013. $70,000 was raised to support the student sponsorship program to fund over 1,500 student sessions. Guests were greeted at Five Star Stables by the Omaha Mounted Patrol. Inside you could hear Melissa Fry announcing event highlights and witness local Royalty in the crowd. The evening included a performance to demonstrate the skills of HETRA students on the specially trained HETRA horses. A very exciting live auction was conducted by Scott Moore. With the live streaming of the demonstration and auction via Proxibid, HETRA was able to attract bidders from across the US. The evening concluded with dancing to the music of Crossfire.

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Auctioneer, Scott Moore with HETRA Staff

Emcee, Melissa Fry

HETRA Student, Staff, and HETRA Horse Tuff

Thanks to: ,Miss Douglas County, Aleah Peters; Miss Lake McConaughy, Rachael Foehlinger; and Miss Kool-Aid Days, Kim Brennan for their help at the event.

Thank you to UP Ties for volunteering during Blue Jeans and Dreams!

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Summer Camp Fun! Dear Mom and Dad, Summer horse camp at HETRA was great! This year we did crafts, played games and made some new friends. We learned the different parts of the saddles and horses. We got to paint Dynamite and then give him a bath. We led the pony, around the back pen and made tasty-looking horse treats. Besides getting horse riding lessons, we learned to tack and groom horses, and clean stalls. We want to take good care of them. The last day of horse camp we wore our cool tie-dyed and stenciled t-shirts that we made. During our final riding lessons we each got a trophy for our riding achievements. I sure hope I get to go to horse camp next year.

I can’t wait!

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