Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Cindy Howells

Date Added

November 16th, 2016


Tara's Chance Inc






The voting for the contest is closed

“A Place Where Therapy Feels Like Play”

It has been said. "When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight".

Tara’s Chance gives that courage to children and adults who struggle with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

A person with Asperger’s Syndrome has difficulty on a daily basis processing the changes life brings. They will often be excited upon arrival to their lesson, to find out which horse they get to ride for the day. It’s something that makes change more common and comfortable.

A teenager with high anxiety and emotional stress fearing rejection in society, finds a place where they can be in charge of a majestic, thousand pound horse and quickly gain their confidence back.

Or a child, whose quality-of-life will deteriorate over time from the disease they have, now finds a place where the exercise has made them stronger. Each week they feel as though they are walking, because the horse gives them their "legs".

All of this can be found at Tara’s Chance. Tara’s Chance was founded by Cindy Howells, a woman who spent over 20 years giving horseback riding lessons on her favorite horse, Tara, to people of all ages. A woman who decided she wanted to instead dedicate her life to providing those lessons to adults and children with special needs. She has kept her promise, ensuring that each lesson is tailored to each student, instead of trying to fit those students into a single cookie cutter program.

Day after day, Cindy works tirelessly to find volunteers, to fundraise and manage a program that is ever-changing for each student and their families. No one is turned away for their lack of ability to pay. Cindy works hard to ensure that Tara’s Chance can continue to offer scholarship programs for those who cannot afford it. We continue to share Cindy's story in hopes that it touches those who can help.

These riders are the real heroes. They are the ones, who despite all their challenges, show up each week with courage to attempt things beyond their limits.