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Donate to the Scholarship Fund

For many families with children who have a disability, countless doctors’ appointments, medications, and therapies can take a financial toll. Parents are faced with difficult decisions as they look for effective and safe activities for their children. Southern Reins Scholarship Fund was established to ensure that the equine-assisted services we provide are accessible to all in our community, regardless of financial hardship. 


Through the healing power of horses, people with Down syndrome are able to tone their muscles to help them sit taller in the saddle and build endurance that transfers to their daily lives outside of the arena. Individuals with autism learning how to follow multiple step tasks while improving verbal and nonverbal communication. Riders with Cerebral Palsy lengthen and control their muscles to accomplish difficult tasks, helping them gain independence on and off the horse. Through the generosity of friends like you, Southern Reins has awarded 226 scholarship awards since 2015. 


Your tax-deductible donation will help more children and adults experience the power of working with horses, and your generosity will further our mission to change lives. . . one ride at a time.

"Abygale is eleven, has attention deficit disorder, a learning disability, and stutters when she speaks. After her grandmother began volunteering at Southern Reins and saw the positive impact working with horses had on other children, she knew that Abygale would benefit, too. After the very first lesson, we could tell how calm Abygale became and how focused on the horse she was rather than on her surroundings. She looks forward to every lesson, and calls Jute, "her horse!"

We are so very lucky to have received a scholarship and found a place like Southern Reins. I hope we can continue building Abygale's confidence at Southern Reins, one lesson at a time. " -Krista Crabtree, Abygale's mom

Wedell Foundation in honor of Margaret Ledbetter Weaver
Hal Fogelman
First Horizon Foundation
Taylor and Richard Moore
Echo Foundation
Estelle and John Sheahan
Akin Veterinary Services
Valerie Hall
Cordell Walker
Linda and John Christiansen
Trina and Coyle Shea
Pam Falkner
Laurie Monypeny
Pam and Roger Lowery
Jill Hungsberg
Henry Doggrell

Friend of Southern Reins
First Horizon Advisors

Patricia and John Pontius

Lucy and Tom Gardner

Meredith Massa

Kay and David Collins

Marietta and Fletcher Haaga

Leslie Addison

C.H. Robinson

2022-2023 Scholarship Fund Donors

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The Nick Vergos Memorial Scholarship Fund

In honor and in remembrance of our friend and volunteer, Nick Vergos, Southern Reins created the Nick Vergos Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund provides financial support to give individuals with disabilities and financial hardship the opportunity to participate in equine-assisted services at Southern Reins.


Nick was a part of Southern Reins since we began, and his loss continues to be deeply felt by us all. He was an amazing and inspirational person who was always there to share a smile and a laugh with everyone he met. Nick will be forever missed by our entire organization, and he will always be remembered for his compassion, caring, and pure joy in celebrating life every day.

To make a tax-deductible donation online, click the link or mail your gift to the address below:

The Nick Vergos Memorial Scholarship Fund

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy

12405 Macon Road

Collierville, TN 38017

We would like to thank all of the scholarship fund donors listed below for your generous support:

Bridget Trenary
Katherine and Bill Kaelin
Catherine and Ron Zampini
Robert Sharp
Jennilyn Utkov
James Drummond
Justin Barzizza by Jeany Dionne
Margie and Jimmy Lackie
Raymond Gill, III
Amanda Gowen
Brenda Heindl
Joe Kassen
Cathy and Craig Weiss
Jennilyn Utkov
Amy Hertz and Robert Shankman
Stephanie Upshaw
Carita and Alston Palmer
Barbara Meloni
Laurie and Jeff Meskin
Jeff Halfacre
Ray Butler
Daniel Reid
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moore
Ginger Graves
Sara Ratner and Harry Freeman
Lyman and Sally Aldrich
Stephen P. Bratkowski Memorial Foundation
Senator Keith M. Ingram
Kevin Kimery
Friend of Nick Vergos
Caroline and Wilson Orr
Robert, Cathy, Ann and Mary Quay Wilson
Jean McGhee
Courtney and John Murrah
The Linkous Family
Kathryn and John Kelley, Jr.
Jim Ashley
Liz and Mike Neel
William Loveless
Laura Pietrangelo David
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Reed, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cross
J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation
Barbara and Lewis Williamson
Kris Eaton
Evan Liollio Family
Keith Schmitt
Paula Smithhart
The Smith Family
Mark and Lori Guyton
Ellen Rambo
Catherine Bateman
Lisa and Ken Roberts
Cathy and Craig Weiss
The Harwell Family

Elizabeth and Winston Eggleston
Jill and Doug Haag
First Tennessee Bank - Mid-South Commercial Banking
Amy and David Shoaf
Chris Roan
Elaine and Alan Hare
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rembert, III
Wendy and Ed Ansbro
Nancy Smith
Larry Hardy
Lynch Ranch
Anna Sitko
Katherine and Bill Kaelin
Melinda and Keith Duncan
Cassie and Christopher Duncan
Mallery Duncan and Eric Fullman
Christy and Ralph Muller
Chip Grayson
Hariet Thomas
Kay Hardin
Eric, Ashley, Janell and Laura McAllister
Carolyn and Kent Brown
Ronnie Grisanti's
Stefanie Fisher
Trish and John Pontius
Sam Roller
Charles F. Smith, Jr. 
Llewellyn and Josh Hall
Diane and Kerry Shelby
Carolyn Wills and Meyer Birnbaum
Wight F. Boggs
Kim and Bryan Jordan
Marie Maxwell
Junior League of Memphis
C.A. Davis Printing Company - Steve Davis and Lisa Smith
Jeff, Erin, Harlan and Meredith Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Chip Moreland
Gerald Wade
Nancy and Jimmy Tashie
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rhodes III
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Drinan
Lisa Silver
Beth and Gavin Murrey
Olen and Jan Akers
Quinn Scott
Lisa and John Colcolough
Shade and Wiley Robinson
Bryan and Courtney Smith
Julie and Mike Wharton
Catherine Burns
Heather Grosvenor
Selden and David Popwell
Cliff and Louise Hunt
Jean and Charlie Tuggle

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