“My name is Mabry. I am 9 and I LOVE Wednesdays.  Why Wednesdays?  That's the day I get to ride my horse.  My horse's name is Peaches.  My favorite thing to do in the whole world is ride my horse.  I've never had anything that was just mine before like so many other kids do.  When I am up on my horse I say words that my mom doesn't usually ever get to hear me say.  I control my horse all by myself……it's one of the only things I can completely control in my life and that feels really good.  My horse listens to me and does what I tell her to do.  I love when my horse goes fast…….I love fast! In order to go fast my coach Julie does make me work really hard first!  I work on my “tummy strength”, she let's me play catch with a ball while on Peaches and we even play soccer.  Miss Julie, my coach,  tells me that all of that is to help my balance, coordination, and confidence.  Also, when I am done I learn responsibility.  I brush, feed and take care of Peaches just like she takes care of me when I am riding her.  Yep……that's why I LOVE Wednesdays!”



My nine year old daughter is non-verbal, but this is what I think she would have to say about Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite.  It is an amazing organization that has helped so many, including my Mabry.  This group is so dedicated to  these riders and their therapy horses.  When we first started at Blue Sky they never asked for a dime.  That is unheard of in the therapy realm!!  Julie Coady the director works days and night…….for zero pay.  Her heart belongs to these riders and their horses.
December 2 we are having a BLUE SKY CHRISTMAS.  This is an effort to get out Blue Sky story heard.  We are having a BBQ, rider exhibit (where Mabry will do her thing), silent auction and a chance to sponsor a therapy horse for 3 months, 6 months or a 1 year.  We are raffling off an iPad mini (you do not have to be present to win)!!  Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.



If you are interested in more information about Blue Sky or are interested in donating in someone's name for Christmas please email me at:  elepaints@hotmail.com


Amy Gayhart
Board of Directors member (mom of Mabry)


Jamie Ivey