A fund-raising poker run and party, “Riding from the Sky with Butterflies,” will be held this Saturday in memory of Candace Lynch and will benefit SpiritHorse of Ohio and other charities.
According to the SpiritHorse website, after volunteering for five years at a Dallas-area Equine Therapy center, Charles Fletcher founded SpiritHorse in 2002 offering one-on-one therapeutic riding, free of charge, to children and adults with disabilities. At that time, there were no specific industry methods that addressed such a wide range of diagnoses. Beyond the recreational riding provided by most centers, Fletcher’s primary concern was to develop a program to assist individuals with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses.
SpiritHorse of Ohio was founded in 2015 with one mission – work every day to improve the lives of people living with disabilities and special needs through the power of the horse. By specializing in the use of the SpiritHorse Method, a unique program in Ohio, SpiritHorse helps clients to have the skills, confidence, independence and ability to thrive in their academic, communication and social development.
“We plan to donate to SpiritHorse, they use horse therapy for autistic and down syndrome children,” Candace Lynch’s sister, Kristi Lynch-Snively said. “We will also be giving some of the proceeds to other local charities. This is my fifth event in Candace’s memory and we are expecting over 100 motorcycles. Doing good with something bad that happened is a positive way to give back to people. Candace would want that and this is a perfect way to celebrate her life and give back to people. If anyone needs any more information they can contact me at (740) 606-2758.”
The event will start at 11 a.m. with registration at Streetside 62 and the presentation of ride maps. Registration is $20 per bike. The ride will end at the American Legion Post 25 in Washington Court House. During the evening there will be tent only camping, live music from Apt. B, a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and more. The entire community is invited to attend.
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