Something to Feel Good About

Yesterday we attended the end-of-season horse show at the Xenophon Therapeutic Center in Orinda. This little organization pairs disabled children with specially trained horses. Kelly has been volunteering her time at Xenophon for two years.

I was not sure what to expect on my first visit. What I found was truly beautiful and inspirational. Many of the children could not have gotten on the back of their horse without the help of two or three gentle volunteers, but once in control of their horse, everything changed. Their beautiful, smiling faces tell the rest of the story better than I ever could.

4 comments

  • Jan Bindas

    Hi, I am an instructor at Xenophon and just had to write to thank you not only for the BEAUTIFUL
    pictures, but for what you wrote about our students. Absolutely love what you have captured in your photographs. Thank you for sharing.

    Jan

  • Jim Pire

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    I hope the children’s families will get to see these pictures. I have many more which I plan to burn to CD. Kelly will distribute the disks to anyone interested in having a copy.

  • Judy Lazarus

    Dear Jim,
    Thank you for the truly beautiful pictures you took at our student horse show. You have captured the spirit of Xenophon. It is a place of great joy.

  • pogo

    thanks for the horse pics and kids– why don’t you write a story with some photos and submit it to newspapers or family mags or to jpg.com? this would make a really good story. you just need the model releases from the families and I doubt if anyone would object a you’d be writing about something that really helps people. family circle, and nearly any traditional woman’s mags would probably bite along with lots of christian mags even if you had nothing of religion in the article. and then there’s newspapers mondotimes.com is good index

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