Reining Strength Celebrates a Decade of Impact with Spectacular 10th Anniversary Derby Day

Reining Strength Celebrates a Decade of Impact with Spectacular 10th Anniversary Derby Day

May 09 2024

Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship marked a triumphant 10th Anniversary Derby Day Party on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria. This memorable occasion was commemorated by over 500 supporters, underlining the impactful confluence of community commitment and effective philanthropic endeavors.

Since the inception of Reining Strength in 2014, the organization has been a beacon of hope for the Fort Bend County and the greater West Houston area, delivering transformative equine-assisted services for children and adults with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs. The celebratory 10th Anniversary Derby Day Party reflected the fervent support of the community and a platform for expressing gratitude for a decade of continued service.

Attendees Lindsay Roton, Peggy Hernandez, Rachel Bielstein, Regan Blankenship, Alicen Swift, Sarah Self, Noell Myska, Liz Wilcox, Fran Zwick, and Phyllis Wolfe at Reining Strength's 10th Anniversary Derby Day Party. (Source: Reining Strength)

Equine-assisted therapy, at the heart of Reining Strength's operations, employs the unique neuromuscular stimulation of the rhythmic movement of horses. Alongside learning riding skills, participants foster close bonds with the horses, participating in their care and grooming. The organization also extends an equine-assisted learning (EAL) program, an experiential learning approach that encourages the development of life skills, including behavior and emotional regulation, leadership skills and team building.

The Derby Day Party offered guests a wide range of festive activities. Attendees enjoyed a delightful walk down the Reining Strength's Memory Lane, fiercely competitive men's boots and bow ties and ladies hat contests, traditional derby-inspired games, and live streaming of the Kentucky Derby Race.

Darlene Migura bidding in Live Auction. (Photo: Reining Strength)

The crowning moment of the evening was the remarkable fundraising gala. Through the generous contributions of attendees, sponsors, and donors, the occasion saw an incredible $360,000 raised, greatly exceeding all expectations. 

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and generosity demonstrated by our community," shared Heather Hernandez Sedillo, Executive Director of Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship. "The success of our 10th Anniversary Derby Day Party not only celebrates a decade of tireless dedication but also reaffirms our shared commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve."

With continued support from its stakeholders, Reining Strength strides into the future with renewed spirit and resolve, ready to serve the community for another fruitful decade.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.


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