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Champions Ride In 2020!

Eleven Turning Point Riders brought home medals in Trail at Special Olympics Equestrian this year and it wasn’t easy! Emily has competed for six years and finally brought home a GOLD on Doc. Kody on Isaiah and Gwen on Derby won BRONZE medals.

The event went “Virtual” to meet Covid safety precautions, so all runs were video’d at Turning Point. We pulled out the mongrammed Turning Point shirts and silk wild rags to give every rider a special team uniform to wear. And every horse wore a matching teal blanket.

Special Olympics Oklahoma judged each video entry and mailed the results and medals. You can watch the competition from a Facebook LIVE event held November 20. And be sure to notice the Special Olympics Oath was led by Turning Point’s Maggie McGaugh.

We are super proud of the grit, determination and practice the riders put in to guide a 1200 pound horse through a complicated Trail Course. And we’re pretty sure you can see the feelings of accomplishment are priceless!!

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Remember When… “Horse Salad” was on the Menu?

How does a “Salad Bar for Horses” spark communication and mobility for folks at the Life Center?

Rosie is a picky eater. She was dainty, but ate only the hay and grain until one cook added lots of salt..
Following the recipe means counting, unwrapping, stirring and shaking the salt shaker.
Those peppermints are hard to unwrap but Baxter would eat the wrappers too.
Baxter ate everything in the feed bowl and brought it back for a refill. He ate Rosie’s leftovers too!

Making a “Horse Salad” might sound simple, but there are a lot of steps involved and a variety of skills, textures and surprises for folks who haven’t cooked in awhile. Rosie and Baxter were ready and willing to taste the results.

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Derby Party Rides Again!

You can make a difference in the life of someone facing challenges at the Party for a Purpose! The 2021 Kentucky Derby Party to support Turning Point horses is ON for May 1, 2021. Larry and Jimi Reece are inviting a limited number of guests to the poolside party OUTDOORS with room for social distancing – so masks will be optional.

Enjoy Derby Classic food fit for the owner’s box, a chance to back horses that make a difference, a ladies BEST HAT competition and MOST DAPPER GENT contest plus mint juleps and screens to watch the big race.

But you’d better hit the Buy Tickets button TODAY if you want to make the guest list. Attendance will be limited to preserve Covid safety.

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BB Goes Big Time!

Baxter is taking on a new role this fall as "BB", Bullet's sidekick. He will be escorting Pistol Pete's Partner of the game onto the field at all home games this fall. And the announcement has gone VIRAL!

Click HERE to read the Daily Oklahoman story about his Day Job.

Click HERE to read Baxter's Blog.

Here's a sneak peak at BB's Lil Sebastian-style t-shirt that will be for sale soon to support Turning Point Services in Stillwater!

GIVE

Ander is still a Rock Star, but riding at Turning Point has made a big difference in his life.  His self control has gone from zero to 60 to the point that he is in control of a 1200 pound horse like Isaiah.  Gifts from donors like you have made that happen!

DREAMS ARE RIDING ON YOUR SUPPORT!

As a 501(C)3 organization, all donations to Turning Point Ranch are both tax-deductible and truly appreciated. Below are a number of the current fundraising programs, but if you are interested in donating materials, horses, or your time, please contact us at give@turningpointriding.org or call 405-269-2225.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY!

Meet the Difference Makers Who Give

Adopt A Horse ($1,342)

Our unique therapy horses are all very different. Tank is both sturdy and energetic enough to carry mature riders ready for independence.  Cash is so patient with new riders yet so curious we have to double lock all gates.  Isaiah is our power potato – a pony that gets rounder on air!

The twelve horses currently serving at Turning Point are key partners in the results our clients achieve. Each horse is carefully chosen for temperament, gait and intelligence.  They come in all breeds, sizes and colors but they share a heart for the lives they change and the bonds they build with people facing challenges.  It’s not an easy job and for most of our herd, it’s a second or third career.  Each horse is fed a specific diet by volunteers who love horses and watch ours carefully for health issues.  By adopting a horse, you give riders the security that “their” horse will be ready to ride!

Fund a Scholarship ($300 per semester)

Turning Point serves Middle School, Junior High and High School special education students through a contract with the Stillwater Public Schools.   Private clients who are older, younger or homeschooled  pay tuition of $25 per session for a 12 week semester.  Funding a scholarship, offsets the cost of therapy for one rider for one semester or lowers the cost of riding for a child for an entire year.

Other Ways To Keep Turning Point Turning:

There are items large and small that could make a real difference in the day to day operations at Turning Point so the focus is on the clients and horses.  Perhaps you have an item you could donate or a group of friends that could contribute to a purchase or dollars that can offset a cost.

Sustaining support for Turning Point  –

$20 a month to celebrate the 20 Years of Service

Book sponsorship for the HorseTales Literacy Program –

two books per first-grader – $10 per child

Gift Cards in any amount from:  WalMart,  Stillwater Milling, Lowes   Gasoline cards in any amount  

Fly Spray  

Duct Tape  

Western Safety Stirrups   or  alternate design

Children’s Western Saddle  

English saddle leathers  

Stiff Bristle Corn Brooms  

Water Hose  

Brown Priefert panels to augment existing panels  

VOLUNTEER

If you would love to do something that makes a real difference, Turning Point Ranch needs volunteers to make horseback riding happen for special kids.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCES

Turning Point needs volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2020 Spring Session Calendar
2020 Spring Session Calendar

As a volunteer, you can become a “sidewalker” to ensure the rider is safely on the horse and engaged in the activities or as a “horse leader” focused on the horse and the instructor to keep the session safe and moving.

We also need volunteers on the “Horse Team” that helps feed and care for our therapy horses.

Now that we are in our new location, we also need ongoing assistance with weed eating, landscaping, and office assistance.  There is a chance for everyone to get involved.

Student volunteers enrolled at Oklahoma State can get academic credit in certain courses requiring hands-on experience or credit through the University Volunteer Center towards a service cord at graduation.

Call 405-269-2225 or email volunteer@turningpointriding.org today if you are interested in volunteering at Turning Point Ranch!  We are also on Facebook and Instagram.

RIDE

Our riders have a lot of fun, but they’re also working on important life skills. Some need muscle tone or balance. Others gain verbal and social skills. Every rider leaves with new self-confidence, horsemanship skills, and new friends.

In a recent semester, a child who had not spoken for nearly two years began talking. One boy caught a ball for the first time. Another polished verbal and social skills to the point that he is finding success at a first job. Every victory is celebrated by the rider and also our staff. To learn how to enroll your rider in the Turning Point Ranch program, please look through our Rider Forms and contact info@turningpointriding.org.  

Kenzie is AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator

Kenzie Oefelein is the Senior PATH Instructor at Turning Point.  In fact she’s been coming to the barn for more than 12 years – first as a volunteer, then Herd Manager, then Instructor.

Now a grant from AmeriCorps – Oklahoma Opportunities – Americops Pin is funding her expertise as Volunteer Coordinator. Her new emphasis will be in Capacity Expansion, She trains, schedules, coaches and coordinates nearly 130 volunteers who lead horses and sidewalk in sessions, feed and doctor horses on the feed team and exercise or work with horses on the schooling team or just love and groom one specific horse in the sidekick program.

Cash Amanda Rachel Dude LIsa Cherokee Katya Kenzie Chiquita Tyler

We wouldn’t get four horses well trained. beautifully groomed and happy to be in an unfamiliar arena for Special Olympics without hours Kenzie put in working with our wonderful volunteers

Perkins 4-H Club Clean up

In addition, she coordinates the work of special groups who come to Turning Point to clean tack or help prepare for special events like Special Olympics.  Here is the Perkins 4-H Club cleaning tack before Special Olympics.

And when it comes to celebrating volunteers with a movie night or special dinner or even a chance to dress up for classes on Halloween, that’s Kenzie too.

If you’d like to join the team of volunteers that makes Turning Point such a great place, just email Kenzie.

Minis Take Turning Point Mobile

Baxter Black and Turning Point’s newest horse, Rosie, are mobile and mini – ready to serve people who can’t come to the barn.

Baxter in the Homecoming Parade
Baxter and Rachel in the Homecoming Parade

Baxter has a big soft eye and has an even BIGGER personality. He has convinced the rest of the herd he’s a rock star!

Rosie is a mini paint and is delicate and sweet to small and frail visitors

Mini’s are a big part of Turning Point’s outreach efforts — visiting schools and businesses in preparation for providing leadership training to teens and life-enhancing opportunities for individuals in assisted living.

Baxter at Primrose
Baxter motivated residents at Primrose to get walking and talking as part of an elder care initiative.

He may be small, but he is also a great horse for teaching riders showmanship skills as he’s not quite as intimidating as his 1200 pound herd mates.