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The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. Awards $250,000 Grant

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. has awarded a grant of $250,000 to Southern Reins to support new construction to include a covered cross tie pavilion and covered ADA compliant mounting ramp to accommodate the growing number of participants the non-profit organization serves.


This project will provide Southern Reins with a greater capacity to serve a growing number of participants through unmounted activities including recreation therapy, unbridled horsemanship that serves clients including SRVS who learn about horses and horse care, the Silver Stirrups Program serving aged populations through partnerships with organizations like Trezevant Manor, and Equine Services for Heroes that offers mounted and unmounted activities at no cost for active, reserve and retired veterans and first responders in honor of their service and sacrifice to our country. It will also provide a safe location for mounted participants to take part in grooming their horses, tacking their horses, and experiential learning on the ground prior to and after their lessons.


This new area will be used to provide equine interaction and learning that can accommodate 4 equines in a safe and ADA compliant space, providing Southern Reins greater capacity to carry out its mission and increase the interaction that participants have with the horses. In addition, the new pavilion area will enable the organization to expand its programming to serve local schools, support community partner summer camps, and provide agricultural and equine care educational outreach.


“The significant investment of The Assisi Foundation will provide a huge step forward for our organization to expand the current capabilities of our program so that we can forge new community partnerships and meet the needs of our growing number of participants,” commented Executive Director Jill Haag. “Their generous support of Southern Reins will benefit people with disabilities and hardship in countless ways, and will help us provide a safe and interactive environment to provide transformative experiences for all of the participants we serve.”


Southern Reins has increased the number of people served since its inception in 2015 to a growing roster of more than 220 children and adults who participate in a variety of programs offered at the center. Services are offered throughout the year; including therapeutic horseback riding, Unbridled Horsemanship, equine-facilitated mental health, Making Strides Recreation Therapy Program, Equine Services for Heroes, and Silver Stirrups Program.



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