"...The sense of responsibility..."

  • Published
  • By Airman 1st Class Dana M. Tourtellotte
  • 9th Reconnaissaince Wing Public Affairs

“I grew up with horses and I think the horse bug is genetic. My mom would train other people’s horses in exchange for rides. Now my husband and I, along with our 7 year old son, each own a horse at Beale. Horses are great for any age group, for those with or without disabilities and for those who are or are not horse savvy. I would like to get involved with saddles for soldiers using my horse Fijn and I eventually want to offer therapeutic riding to support those with autism. Just the sense of responsibility, which comes from working with a horse can help people to achieve developmental milestones and build confidence. Even a five minute interaction with a horse always leaves you feeling better.”

Veronica Mollema, Chairman of the Dry Creek Saddle Club
Hometown: Chiloquin, Oregon