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Turn On the Lights for Therapeutic Horseback Riding At SMART

Riders at SMART

As the light fades in the late afternoon at Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART), the opportunity for children to work with horses for compassionate therapy diminishes. Each evening the covered arena goes without proper lighting, students lose the chance to improve mobility and independence.

With a $15,000 matching grant from the Bill and Maryann Vinall Fund of Manatee Community Foundation, mission-driven donors are invited to support SMART to finalize its new arena with new lights. Donor support will allow for additional therapeutic sessions with horses after daylight hours have passed.

To give through your donor advised fund, contact Jennifer Abbott at or call (941) 747-7765. To give directly to SMART, contact Brandi Ezell at (941) 322-2000.

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