APRIL 2, 2010 (World Autism Day) Launch Party & Fundraiser

Location: Goethe-Institut at 812 7th St NW, Washington DC 20001 (2nd Floor Gallery)/ Time: 7pm

Wine/beer and h’orderves will be served.  RSVP and spread the word!


Guest Speaker: Rupert Isaacson, author of the book and documentary “Horse Boy,” based on the true story of his autistic son.  An optional screening of the film will be available after the event (around 8:30pm).
About Horse Boy: When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, the boy improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected? THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.


MAY 8, 2010 Washington DC Party & Fundraiser (in honor of Maja’s Birthday on May 9th)

Location: Local 16 Rooftop Bar (1602 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009) Time: 9pm

Please join us at this lovely rooftop bar in celebration of Maja's birthday (May 9).  A percentage of the money our party spends on the evening festivities will be directly donated to Riders of Hope.


SPRING 2011 The Grand Opening of our Center (details TBD)

This spring, the Riders of Hope team and its supporters and volunteers are working feverishly towards the GRAND OPENING of the official Therapeutic Riding Centre that will house the Riders of Hope program, which is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2011.  Please stay tuned for more details!

This undertaking involves setting up our new location just outside of the city of Sarajevo, with adequate stalls and a riding arena.  We are continuing to train our horses and maintain them in top shape for the program.  Simultaneously, we are expanding our partnerships with the special needs schools and organizations both in Bosnia and internationally.  There are more individuals in need of these services than Riders of Hope is equipped to support, so our educators and therapists are currently devising a screening methodology to ensure that we accept the children that will most significantly benefit from our program.

The GRAND OPENING event will be sponsored by local and international organizations, as well as individuals.  If you are interested in inquiring about potential arrangements at our GRAND OPENING event, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  As always, we welcome good ideas!

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