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MANE Raise The Roof


Hundreds of River Region citizens gathered to show support for the area’s premier therapeutic riding facility, known as MANE, at the 10th annual “Raise the Roof” Seafood Celebration on Thursday, October 25th. MANE serves area children, adults and veterans who have physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities using equine-assisted activities. All labor and fabulous seafood, which was freshly prepared in MANE’s Poarch Creek Arena, was completely donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House, courtesy of owners Bob and Buffy Donlon from Mobile. Baptist Health, MAX Credit Union, and Spire Energy (formerly Alagasco) sponsored the event. Toes tapped to country music favorites from the Trotline Band as guests dined, mingled and made new acquaintances.

The volunteers are the backbone of MANE’s program. Volunteers of all ages and skills are needed each week to assist riders, help maintain the site, document progress, and work with horses.  Often, volunteers are introduced to MANE by attending fundraising events such as “Raise the Roof.”  Others volunteer at MANE to fulfill their desire to help individuals with challenges, become better acquainted with horses, or share their love of the equine world. MANE’s equine-related activities can produce improved mobility, balance, posture, coordination, language development, motivation, independence, self-discipline, concentration, and life-skill competencies.  These benefits are derived from the transfer of movement from horse to rider as well as from the opportunities for social interaction, education, recreation and therapy.

  For more information about MANE, please visit MANE’s website at To volunteer or register for MANE’s programs, please call 334-213-0909 or email .  Donations can be sent to: MANE, 3699 Wallahatchie Road, Pike Road, AL 36064.  MANE holds a 501C3 corporation status and its instructors are certified through PATH Intl., a regulatory agency that assures stringent standards for quality therapeutic horseback riding through instructor certification, site accreditation and program monitoring.

  Photo 1: Wintzell's Oyster House buffet included grilled and fried oysters, fish, chicken, and shrimp.  Photo 2: Brandi Dawkins and Haylee Howell celebrated with the band "Trotline" Photo 3: Lisa Smith amid the brightly colored parasols and hand-painted pumpkins Photo 4: MANE's staff Jessica Von Gal, Tiffany Atkinson, and Abby Houchin prepared the therapeutic riding center for all to have a wonderful, festive evening! Photo 5: “Tatum Channing” with volunteer Debbie Schmidt and MANE intern Mackenzie Colvin Photo 6: Paul Langford, Chris Tippett, Puddin', Kate Chambers, and John Sease say "Hay" in MANE's stable area. Photo 7: The entrance to the MANE Event was decorated with hay bales, mums, and vivid, jewel-toned parasols. Photo 8: "Trotline" provided sensational country music for Raise the Roof 2018 in MANE's Poarch Creek Arena. Photo 9: MANE's Poarch Creek Arena was filled with guests and the delightful aroma of grilled oysters

Carl these photos are not of the event but she would like some of these in the spread. Photo credit for these 3 go to Jackie Nix

Photo 10: The increase of self-esteem, self-image and self-confidence in the special needs rider is one of the most important results of therapeutic riding.

Photo 11: MANE riders using the “Field of Dreams” sensory integration trail are guided through activities such as the noodle zone, which challenge their ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful, organized response while mounted.

Photo 12: MANE provides extremely important and effective intervention for people with physical, cognitive and psychological disabilities. 


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