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Monroe County Public Library Presents Check to PALS!

August 19th, 2016

Participants in Monroe County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Allison and Madison Bland, present a check to Fern Goodman, Executive Director, Cynthia Wakley, Outreach Coordinator, and Katie Correia, Facility Manager of People & Animal Learning Services (PALS).

Monroe County Public Library provides opportunities to read, learn, discover and create. For more on the programs listed below — or to register — go to Or call the Main Library in Bloomington at 812-349-3050 or the Ellettsville Branch at 812-876-1272. The Main Library is at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. The Ellettsville Branch is at 600 W. Temperance St.

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Published : August 19, 2016

Old National Foundation grants $2,500 to PALS

August 3rd, 2016

Pictured from Left to Right:
Fern Goodman -PALS Executive Director
Janel Roll – Private Banker VP
Lizzie Cochrane – PALS Head Instructor
Scott Shishman – Market President


August 2, 2016

Kortney Blaylock – (812) 468-0376
Community Relation Manager

Bloomington, Ind. (July 27, 2016) – The Old National Bank Foundation is pleased to award a $2,500 grant to People & Animals Learning Services, Inc. (PALS) to support the Share-the-Ride Scholarship Fund. The grant will enable the organization to offer discounted fees to economically disadvantaged clients to participate in the therapeutic riding program.

PALS is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center providing therapeutic horseback riding and unmounted equine activities to people with disabilities, veterans and at-risk youth. Since its beginning in 2000, PALS has provided over 12,000 therapeutic program and service hours, various educational programs and camp opportunities designed to improve the lives of hundreds of children, adults and seniors in the South Central Indiana community ages three and up.

“Old National is thrilled and honored to support PALS and the Share-the-Ride Scholarship Fund through this grant from our Foundation,” said Old National Region CEO Mark Bradford. “The activities provided through this program have the incredible ability to bring much-needed joy and confidence to those in need of therapy.”

“This support from Old National Bank Foundation is very exciting for PALS,” shared PALS Executive Director, Fern Goodman. “We are honored to have Old National Bank as our community partner and we are so thankful for their support of providing scholarships to our clients.”

About the Old National Bank Foundation
This year the Old National Bank Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary which was launched in May 2006. Since the inception of the ONB Foundation, more than $10 million has been awarded in partnership with over 1,500 nonprofit organizations. The Foundation makes contributions to IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to fund large scope and large impact programs and/or projects. The Foundation is part of Old National’s overall charitable giving initiative, which enables them to support programs that improve quality of life in areas of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan where their clients, associates and shareholders live and work.

Learn All About Lola the Horse!

July 25th, 2016

Lola is one of the favorites here at PALS. She was born on February 14, 2004. She was given to PALS as a yearling and lived out her early years at the Bonchek family farm. Before entering the PALS program, Lola was trained to be approved for therapeutic riding.

Lola is a Haflinger Pony. Haflingers were bred in the late 1800’s in the Tyrolean Mountain region, what is now Austria. The name “Haflinger” comes from the Italian village, Hafling. The breed is a cross between a half-Abrabian stallion and native mountain pony. Today, in Austria, the government owns all the Haflinger stallions while the farmers keep the mares. Because of this, the Haflinger is considered a very high-quality breed. They are known to be able to work into their late thirties and live into their forties. They have a distinct chestnut coloring with different shades, white blaze, and a blonde colored mane and tail.

A lot of people comment on Lola’s unique mane and tail. It is so incredibly thick and beautiful when it is long and grown out, but it sure makes her sweaty on those hot summer months. On hot days, Lola rocks a “mohawk,” which helps her stay cooler. As PALS Executive Director, Fern Goodman, puts it, “She looks like a life-size ‘My Little Pony!’” People often ask why Lola has dapples on her coat even though she is a Haflinger. When PALS received Lola she had experienced a bad case of rain rot. After her treatment, the coat grew back in a different color!

Lola has many wonderful memories with her volunteers, clients, and horse buddies. One year, during the Pledge For Our PALS fundraising campaign, PALS client, Lorene, raised money for Lola. Her parents made her a t-shirt that read Team Lola. “It was so cute and everyone loved it!” recalls Fern. During the most recent SADDLES Camp, we had a six-year-old rider who grew very attached to Lola. One day, when Lola got sick and did not want to eat, the camper helped our Facility Manager, Katie Correia, give Lola medicine and learned how to take the pony’s temperature. She asked to check on Lola later that day and offered to walk her around to help her feel better. Everyone at PALS is happy to have Lola around the barn. She is a very reliable and trustworthy pony who is well-loved.
Published: July 25, 2016

Highlights From SADDLES Summer Camps!

July 21st, 2016

Published: July 21, 2016

Meet Our Summer Client of the Quarter: Kaylee!

July 19th, 2016

I have been working with Kaylee for two Quarters now. Kaylee started as a rider with PALS at the age of five. She is now 22! When we developed the new Horsemanship Program, Kaylee was one of our first clients to try it out. When therapy horse, Spirit, fell asleep in her lap, she was hooked!

Our volunteers really enjoy being a part of Kaylee’s sessions. We share a lot of joy watching her crush goal after goal! One of Kaylee’s current goals is to keep her neck straight. At PALS, she is working on her spinal alignment which helps her develop the strength to hold up her head.

Just a few weeks ago, Kaylee was able to use her strength and flexibility to remove tack from Spirit with minimal help from me. Kaylee’s second goal since starting the Horsemanship Program, was to walk four steps in a row while holding onto Stella’s neck for support. In one of our most inspiring times together, she stood up independently and not only proceeded to walk those four steps down the aisle, but continued to walk over 100 steps! We lost count of how many. In this moment, I was speechless!

Kaylee has enjoyed meeting all of our therapy horses during her time in the Horsemanship Program. I look forward to her sessions each week. Kaylee and I always end our time together by smiling! Her motivation is contagious; she is a client who makes me want to be a better instructor.

– Lizzie, PALS Head Instructor



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