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
First Horizon Foundation
Taylor and Richard Moore
Estelle and John Sheahan
Akin Veterinary Services
Linda and John Christiansen
Trina and Coyle Shea
Pam and Roger Lowery
Friend of Southern Reins
First Horizon Advisors
Patricia and John Pontius
Lucy and Tom Gardner
Kay and David Collins
Marietta and Fletcher Haaga
2022-2023 Scholarship Fund Donors
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.
We would like to thank all of the scholarship fund donors listed below for your generous support: