Herald Times Covers PALS Fun Show

September 27th, 2013

Horse-riding demos part of PALS free “Fun Show”

By Dann Denny 331-4350 | | Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:17pm

There will be horse-riding demonstrations by 40 to 50 riders at the 13th Annual People and Animal Learning Services free “Fun Show” from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at its new facility at 7644 W. Elwren Road.

“Last year we had 400 guests, but this year we hope to have even more because we have a better facility,” said Fern Bonchek, PALS’ executive director. “We’re very excited about this year’s event.”

Groups of riders will participate at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m., demonstrating such things as dressage, walking, trotting and obstacle courses. Each group will have an honorary judge from the community, who will give the riders participation ribbons and trophies, plus some positive feedback after their demonstrations.

“The event has two purposes,” Bonchek said. “First, it gives people an opportunity to come see what we do here. Second, it gives our riders an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of family and friends and be proud of what they’ve accomplished during the year.”

During the day there will be door prizes and kids’ activities such as a horseshoe throwing competition and horse-themed face painting. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the Big Cheese Food Truck will serve a variety of cheese sandwiches, soups and beverages.

There also will be a PALS’s Volunteer of the Year Award given to two volunteers as well as a Rider of the Year award.

The event’s sponsors are Dr. Sterling Doster, Ken Nunn Law Office, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, Crowder’s Healthcare Pharmacy, Bloom Magazine, The Trojan Horse, WFIU, Awards Center, Crane Federal Credit Union, Stokes & Housel CPA’s, Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, Commercial Service of Bloomington, and Hoosier Energy R.E.C., BloomingtonOnline.NET

Since its inception in 2000, PALS has provided individualized therapeutic equine programs designed by professionals to develop and restore functional skills, enhance well-being and improve quality of life. PALS has provided more than 17,600 therapeutic horseback riding lessons, various educational programs, and camp opportunities for people with disabilities.

Check Out PALS in the Herald Times

September 11th, 2013


On August 23rd PALS was featured in a spotlight article in the Herald Times.

Click Here to read the article entitled: “Therapeutic Riding Program PALS Celebrates New Forever Home in Bloomington”

PALS Looking to Add Professionals to Team!

June 22nd, 2013


Looking to become part of a growing organization serving our community? PALS is currently searching for professionals to join our team! With over a decade of service, PALS continues to provide high quality therapeutic equine programs to individuals with disabilities, impairments, and chronic illness in Monroe and surrounding counties. Please click the link below to learn more about available opportunities.

Click here for more information.

PALS Volunteer of the Month

April 24th, 2013


Congratulations to Charlie Egli–PALS Volunteer of the Month for April!

Charlie Egli began volunteering at PALS following his retirement in April of 2010 after a PALS presentation at his local church sparked his interest. Having been raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania, Charlie enjoys working with different types of livestock and thought PALS might be a good fit so he attended the PALS volunteer training session to learn more. Charlie notes that he enjoys working with all the PALS horses and being a sidewalker for the clients, “Like all volunteer engagements, I receive much more than I give. Watching clients react in sessions developed by extraordinary PAL personnel, is very rewarding!  PALS is definitely “Making Strides, Changing Lives!”.

Thank you to Charlie for your continued service and dedication to PALS, our riders, and our horses!

Consider PALS Boarding Opportunties!

April 3rd, 2013

Looking for a home for your horse?

PALS is excited to be accepting boarders at our new facility located on the west side of Bloomington!


Our professional staff is dedicated to the well-being of all our boarders and their horses.  Our barn features:


Board Rate

A standard monthly rate of $350.00 per horse.



Contact Annie for more information! or 812-336-2798 ext. 6

Click Here to download the PALS Boarding Flyer!



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