RSVP Montgomery

MANE: Raise The Roof

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019


Well over 300 River Region citizens gathered to show support for the area’s premier therapeutic riding facility, known as MANE, at the 11th annual “Raise the Roof” Seafood Celebration on Thursday, October 24. MANE serves children, adults and veterans in the area who have physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities using equine-assisted activities. All of the fabulous seafood, freshly prepared in MANE’s Poarch Creek Arena, was donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House. Baptist Health, MAX Credit Union and Spire Energy 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 social interaction, education, recreation and therapy.

For more information about MANE, please visit their website at www.maneweb.org. To volunteer or register for MANE’s programs, please call 334-213-0909 or email maneinfo@maneweb.org. 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.

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