One day not so very long ago a few people got together and decided to make a dream come true. “Let’s build a place that will be a safe nurturing environment filled with love and understanding where people of all ages can gather together and encourage one another to be the best they can be - and lets do all this using the Spiritual Energy of horses.”
Less than 12 months later, as unbelievable as this may sound, we are 3 days into officially being open to the public for business, and already, the magic is beginning to happen.
This morning I was riding out in the arena and I knew we had a new customer coming in for an assessment lesson but there was plenty of available staff to greet them at the door so I continued to ride my horse. I knew Heather had this covered, but I did find it a little odd when Heather had not appeared with mom in the arena well after this young student’s lesson had begun. My guess was Heather was deep in conversation with mom out in the barn, because that’s what we do. We strive to create a nurturing environment where people feel welcomed and comfortable.
Sure enough,as I walked into the stable area, I saw mom and Heather chatting away. When I walked up, there was an instant connection between myself and this woman. You know the kind where you try to figure out where you have previously met. Turns out, we connected on so many different levels as we both have had a great deal of experience dealing with medically fragile children of our own. Casually she made a comment that touched my heart strings … “no one understands.”
That is exactly what we are trying to do with our Social Groups … we want to connect people in similar life circumstances through the love of riding horses.
Simply said, when you have walked in somebody’s shoes, it gives you a new perspective of understanding and I believe this world is full of people who just need someone to understand. This is the very idea and intention of the social groups we offer today and all the ones we plan to have in the future.
So as I bid good-bye to my new-found friend today, I couldn’t help but stop and reflect on that group of us so few months ago deciding to make a dream come true.
In the future, we hope to have groups like Think Pink for those whose lives have been touched by Breast Cancer; and our Hero Hour group for active military and vets; or our Special Siblings groups for kids who have medically fragile, or handicap brothers and sisters; the list goes on and on.
All in due time because here at the Brighton Equestrian Club we believe that everything we do, we do with excellence so until it can be done properly, we won’t rush to roll it out.
However, we do hope you continue to support us until we get there by taking riding lessons or doing social groups as this is going to be something very special … in fact … I think it already is.