Ridin' High, Inc.
Midnight is a gentle and unassuming 12 hh black pony and has had an incredible impact on countless lives.
His former career included being a fair pony, where his stellar temperament and exposure to many things made him absolutely bombproof.
In his current career, he is used at our therapeutic riding center as an incredible and well-loved therapy horse. He has taught dozens of children to safely ride at our center, including those who are 'challenged' with autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and other conditions. Additionally, he is our 'go to' pony for any person who is anxious or nervous about meeting horses for the first time. We use Midnight to let the person safely interact with an equine, including brushing, leading, etc.
Furthermore, Midnight is a great advocate for our therapeutic riding program and travels to numerous events for persons with disabilities. Wherever he goes, he is surrounded by many fans, including those with severe disabilities. At times, he's has 2-3 wheelchairs surrounding him and never moves a muscle!
Midnight is also used for our equine literacy program, "Pony Partners," where he travels to local schools so that challenged children can interact with him there. He is able to be safely used for all groundwork activities / horsemanship lessons, and can be led from both manual and motorized wheelchairs in any setting.
We have a myriad of stories about Midnight--but his impact might be summed up by the fact that the family of his young fans (who very tragically passed away from her condition) has a photo of Midnight on her grave.
His incredible temperament and huge impact on literally hundreds of people through the years. We feel that this qualifies Midnight for this award.
Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Director/Riding Instructor at Ridin' High Therapeutic Riding Center. Midnight is used for therapeutic riding lessons, as a traveling representative to various events, and for our "Pony Partners" literacy program. -- Linda Joyce Bird