Hoosier Times | Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:00 pm
The PALS Mane Event, an annual fundraiser for People and Animal Learning Services Inc. will take place at 6 p.m. June 20 in Indiana University’s Alumni Hall. PALS is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic equine activities for individuals with disabilities and at-risk youth.
The Derby-themed evening will begin with beer and wine tasting courtesy of Bloomington Brewing Co., Chateau Thomas Winery, Cutters Brewing Co., Flat 12 Bierwerks, Oliver Winery, Manolo’s Wines, Sun King Brewing Co. and Vanguard Wines. There will be live music, a silent auction, dinner and a live auction hosted by auctioneer Jimmie Dean Coffey — with items such as jewelry, artwork and vacation packages to a variety of destinations. Drink selections at dinner will be provided by Oliver Winery and Bloomington Brewing Co. Derby attire is encouraged.
Tickets are $65 per person, and guests must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend. All proceeds from the event support PALS riders, programs and horses. For event information, go to , email or call 812-336-2798, ext. 18.
Special to the H-T | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:10 am
PALS (People and Animal Learning Services) is proud to offer a new program designed especially for Indiana’s veterans. The new initiative, incorporating both philosophies and techniques central to the organization’s mission, aids our most deserving community members by providing support and assistance with the healing of physical or emotional wounds including injuries and accidents suffered on duty, PTSD, stress, depression and much more.
As veteran riding programs continue to grow across the country, PALS is right at the forefront of the movement dedicated to helping veterans transition from active duty to civilian life. The unique approach to each participant not only addresses a veteran’s individual needs but provides an opportunity for camaraderie to form with others participating in the program.
Veterans have the opportunity to learn and practice everything from grooming to riding during their sessions, with the goal of forming a unique drill team. In addition to the riding program, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with other local veterans participating in a BBQ honoring their participation.
To provide the program, PALS has partnered with the well-known Wounded Warrior Project, which provides veterans and service members who have incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and their families with a variety of services. In conjunction with WWP, PALS will have the opportunity to offer 10 free sessions to alumni of the WWP.To learn more about the WWP, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
Interested in getting involved? This new program requires a great deal of support from the community to be successful. PALS is recruiting volunteers with a passion for serving the veterans who’ve served our community and country (no horse experience necessary). BBQ experts and local organizations serving veterans are encouraged to get involved as well. Everyone interested, please contact PALS head instructor Cindy at or 812-336-2798, ext. 14, for more details or check out the website .
Horse-riding demos part of PALS free “Fun Show”
By Dann Denny 331-4350 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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”
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.
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