“A journey of joy...a woman, an autistic teenager, a horse and a driveway”
It has been said, "there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"
~ Winston Churchill.
On a blustery day in October 2007, Tammy Stackhouse embarked on a journey that would not only change her live, but the lives of hundreds of children and adults with special needs. With her favorite horse, Magic, Tammy invited a 16-year-old autistic young man to her home to ride her horse. As Cory met Magic, they instantly began to form a special bond, a connection that no human could make with Cory. As Cory stepped in the saddle and rode down her driveway, tears of joy ran down Tammy's face. It was that moment that she knew she would begin a journey that would change the lives of many with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. One by one, parents reached out to Miss Tammy as they learned not only did she share her horses, but she shared of herself, listening to the parents concerns, visiting the riders who were in the hospital, and loving the children like her own, never turning anyone away if they couldn't pay. And with each small victory, Miss Tammy is their biggest cheerleader.
After a visit during the holidays in 2013 to a VA center, Tammy made it her new mission to find a way to give back to those who gave so much for our freedom. February 2014 she opened the doors to veterans offering them an opportunity to find a "battle buddy" in her horses. The Warriors Mount Up program is free to veterans allowing them to engage with the horses or just spend time in the peaceful setting of the Magical Meadows.
Tammy gives tirelessly and endless of herself, making each and every person she talks to feel special. She has spent the last 9 years building a place for those with special needs giving of her time and money to make sure that the doors remain open for a very special group of people who sometimes are forgotten.
At the end of each lesson you can hear Miss Tammy tell the riders what a great job they did as she hugs them and lets them know how special they are. What she doesn't realize is WE think SHE is the special one.
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