LAKE CHAPALA REVIEW
LOVE IN ACTION CHILDREN'S CENTER
CENTRO AMOR EN ACCIÓN
JANUARY 2011
THE HEALING POWER OF HORSES
by Donna Vernet

[Rose, Miguel & Angelica on horseback]

Rose had just come to the Love in Action children’s shelter. Her hands were severely burned, a cruel punishment from an abusive relative. She cried when she first encountered the Pasos Miligrosos equine therapy. Angelica has cerebral palsy with motor coordination problems. But she quickly took to riding. Through the healing power of horses, Rose, Angelica and other kids at Love in Action are now riding with confidence on their own, helping to overcome their physical difficulties.

You, too, can experience the equine thrill and support a good cause. Saturday, January 22nd, marks the 5th Annual Equestrian Extravaganza. Held on a beautiful private ranch just west of Ajijic village, this equestrian event features escaramuza (women sidesaddle riders), dancing horses, mariachis, Mexican food and libations. The show begins at 3:00 pm and, for 600 pesos, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.

Tickets are on sale at the security booth at Love in Action complex in Chapala, at the Zavala Small Animal Clinic in Ajijic (call 766-1604, behind Ajijic Clinic) or from Weezie and Jim Burgess (call 766-2830).  Tickets can be delivered. Tables for 10 persons are available and are $6000 pesos. The show has sold out every year so order tickets now. Get your friends together, have a fun afternoon in the country, and support Love in Action.

If you would like to learn more about the Love In Action Center, visit our website at loveinactioncenter.org Guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. To learn more about all the Center’s volunteer opportunities, contact Dave at volunteers@loveinactioncenter.org. To schedule a visit call Dina Oropeza between 10 and 2 Monday through Friday at 765-7409 or director@loveinactioncenter.org

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