Angel Heart Farm is looking forward to serving brave and beautiful children this year with our team of equine Angels! For over 17 years we have been blessed to serve over 350 children and their families using our brand of therapy! Each month, we will be spotlighting a child, a horse or pony, a volunteer, one of our board members, and three companies that support the program. We have a busy schedule so far and look forward to more adventures! As always thank you for all the love and support!
Alexis is 13 years old and has been riding with us since July of 2017. She is not only a beautiful teenager but is a great big sister! She is in the seventh grade and likes fashion and make up and of course riding her favorite horse Annie. Her and Annie are such a team and shine bright every time they are together. This year Alexis wrote an essay on what community meant to her for her local newspaper, she chose to write about Angel Heart Farm! We were very honored to hear how much the program means to her. Please read this essay from our 13-year-old cancer warrior princess! Alexis and her family recently returned from their Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World and had a great time! She is proudly sponsored by Phil, Becky and Sydney Himes of Michigan. We love you Alexis! Please keep this amazing young lady in your prayers.
Kristal Anne EN (Annie)
Annie joined the program five years ago and has been a favorite horse to many of our kiddos! She has a heart of gold and is beautiful (and she knows it!) Annie is not only a therapy horse but also a show horse. She competes in hunter pleasure walk trots and lead line at local and class A Arabian shows! Annie has been a true asset to the program. She loves her angel riders and is always patient and kind. March 25th is Annie’s birthday.
Mr. Bill is our Spotlight volunteer of the month! We couldn’t do this program without him! He spends three mornings a week with the Angel crew! Bill's favorite horse is Annie and she loves him too! Bill is the perfect volunteer! Not only can he fix anything with wheels attached but is AMAZING with the Angel crew! He cares for them as if they were his own. Bill and his entire family support our program with their time, love, and contributions. We are honored to have this fine horseman as our first Spotlight Volunteer! We love you Bill! Please keep Bill in your thoughts and prayers right as he is currently battling cancer.
Dr. Ruth Wilburn
Dr. Ruth Wilburn DVM is our Spotlight Board Member. If we listed Dr. Ruth's accolades it would be a mini novel. First and foremost, Dr. Ruth has the biggest heart for children and Welsh ponies! She is the President of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America. She sits on many United States Equestrian board committees and is a founding member of the Pony Finals held in Lexington Kentucky Dr. Ruth, along with her two sisters Sally Ross and Joanna, own Rollingwoods Welsh Pony Farm in Olive Branch, Mississippi; where they breed, raise, sell, and show some of the leading Welsh ponies in the industry. She also is the owner and operator of Olive Branch Animal Hospital where she sees over 100 patients weekly. To Angel Heart Farm, she is sole reason we have Clovercroft Rocky Too (Rocky). Dr. Ruth owned our Rocky's sire Severn Sirrco. Our Rocky loves his Grandma Dr. Ruth. Dr. Ruth also cares for the Angel horse crew, doing their vaccines and wellness checks. She always finds time to help AHF in any way possible. We are truly blessed to have this incredible woman, doctor, pony mom, and angel on the team!
Hannah Draughan Photography
Hannah has gifted Angel Heart Farm with so much of her talent. This past summer she traveled to Tennessee from her home in Illinois to do our Superhero and Fairy Princess shoot with our children. She also photographed each of the Angel crew individually. She generously gave her time and talents at no cost to the program. Each child's family received the photos at no cost as well. Hannah is also a full-time mom to her little girl, wife to her husband in the Military, and is an accomplished equestrian in the Arabian industry with her own beautiful horse Z. Hannah is also a sought-after horse show photographer that is booked solid this year by some of the top horse shows in the country. Make sure you check out her website! Thank you Hannah! YOU ARE THE BEST!
Since AHF opened its doors 17 years ago, McCauley’s has been the only feed we give our Angel Horses! This wonderful company is one of the reasons our horses and ponies are so healthy and beautiful. We work with their team to ensure all the nutritional needs are met for our equine. Amy Parker and Dr. John Lew are always available to discuss any of our concerns. The entire staff of McCauley's are invested in our program and we could not be more grateful to have their support.
Our Angel horses work hard and we want them happy and comfortable when our children are in the saddle! Team Equine is our choice for our western saddle pads for our western horses and ponies. They are a faith-based custom saddle pad company that is family owned and operated company. Last year, for the Welsh Pony Nationals, we needed a new special show pad for Rocky that matched our young rider Gaige's show outfit. They jumped on board to make the perfect fitting and an awesome show pad! Justen and his team have given AHF a unique opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the program. If you purchase a product from Team Equine and use promo code “Angel Heart Farm” a portion of the sale will be given to our program! You will receive an amazing product all while supporting Angel Heart Farm. I promise you will love these custom saddle pads for work, show, or the trail!