This year, the Washington International Horse Show Honor & Service Award, sponsored by the EQUUS Foundation, is being presented to Mystery from the SOUL Harbour Ranch in Barrington, IL. Mystery is a nine-year old gray and silver dapple miniature horse that stands at just 26 inches tall. Despite her small stature, the impact she has had serving those in her community is quite large.
She became a registered team member with Pet Partners in May of 2013 and has completed testing with over 20 handlers since then. Mystery and her handlers have visited hundreds of places including hospitals, schools, hospice, community events and libraries, spreading comfort, joy, and solace wherever she goes.
“We are so very honored and so thankful to our volunteer Anne Arroyo for nominating Mystery. We can’t think of a more deserving little horse. She is truly priceless,” said Jodie Diegel RN, MBA, Founder/President, SOUL Harbour Ranch. “What makes Mystery truly exceptional is her willingness to trust in her handlers and handle various environments, even new, without hesitation.”
Mystery has had life-changing impact on the many children and adults she serves and helps the SOUL Harbour Ranch achieve their mission of enriching lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence.
The WIHS Honor and Service Award was created in 2013 following the induction of Klinger into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame in 2013. Klinger, a member of the Caisson platoon of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard), was the inspiration for the award and its first recipient. The Honor & Service Award recognizes a horse, individual, or organization that best demonstrates the values of honor and service as embodied by Klinger.
Mystery will be recognized at the Washington International Horse Show, which is being held October 21-25, 2020 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.
Learn more about the WIHS Honor & Service Award here
ABOUT EQUUS FOUNDATION: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, is the only national animal welfare charity in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America’s horses and strengthening the bond between people and horses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.
ABOUT WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW: Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events, attracting more than 26,000 spectators annually to Washington, D.C., for Olympic-level competition plus community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders arrive from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $136,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington presented by Events DC for the President’s Cup, the $25,000 Land Rover Puissance (high jump) and Kids’ Day, a free, fun and educational community event. WIHS, an official USEF Heritage Competition, is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. Visit www.wihs.org.
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Contact: Lynn Coakley