September and October at Jesus And Kids Evangelistic Saddle Club (JAKES Club) has been very active with Therapeutic Saddle Club (TSC) riders, facility improvements and the horses.
First the children! This fall TSC has been extremely blessed working with all our riders and welcoming new families referred from “Missouri First Steps” and “Marian Hope” therapists. Our “little ones” worked on their barrel/game pattern and TSC youth enjoyed their hour program grooming, saddling and mounting up for a ride. It truly has been a very blessed year! Hard to believe the year is coming to a close with the “Hay Ride & Soup Competition” fundraiser through “Summit Assembly” Sunday, October 29th at 5:30PM in Lone Jack, Missouri. Come out to support JAKES Club and City Union Mission with donations for a bowl of soup. Mmmm!
Second JAKES Club volunteers have been very busy with barn, stall and facility improvements. On Saturday, October 7, 2017 the barn was filled with working hands removing two old wooden stalls and creating three stalls with the Priefert panels from one of the existing corrals. Yay! Special thanks to all our weekly volunteers who helped prep the way for the transition and a big thank you to two families who each purchased a new Priefert gate for stall completion. It looks wonderful having three 12x12 stalls! However, we discovered several barn support poles that must be replaced and are planning an additional Volunteer Work Day Saturday, October 28th. JAKES Club is also grateful for the help in renting a bob cat so Joe could remove old tree stumps for additional parking space and do corral dirt work. He also removed the final old fence row of railroad ties in the barn driveway which opens up our barrel riding pattern. Thanks Joe! So you see JAKES Club was truly blessed by the work of many hands. You can enjoy pictures on Flickr and Facebook.
Last but not least the horses. As some of you already know our dear beloved Phil was put to rest in October after serving 10 years. Phil touched many lives and JAKES Club gives thanks for the Memorial Donations. One friend said it best, “He was our horse too.” I would like to share an excerpt from a card we received from Ellie a very dear VSC (Volunteer Saddle Club) youth. Thank you Ellie it is very special:
A journey’s end, a trail of tears, one last ride, one last embrace. A tribute to their life and a love your heart cannot erase. A confidant and friend who will never be replaced.
Phil was turning 30 in October and we had been planning a “Hay Bale Birthday Party”. Our Lord began donations with a wonderful surprise from the Bear family (thank you) and if you would like to give towards winter hay needs it would be a great Birthday Gift in Phil’s remembrance.
Thanks again for a great TSC year, please remember signups for 2018 and hope to see you at the Hay Ride.