Catching A S.T.A.R.

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Lenoir City (WVLT) -- An effort to pony up some dough for therapeutic horseback riding brought a group of people willing to donate to a worthy cause together on Saturday tonight.

That event was the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding's Third Annual Bridles and Blue Jeans fundraiser in Lenoir City.

S.T.A.R. provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Volunteer TVs own Alan Williams emceed the event, which featured ride demos, silent auctions, and dinner.

This year's goals was to saddle-up more $150,000 dollars to pay for a new education center and an indoor arena.

"There's a lot of things you can do with a horse that just brings out miraculous things in people," said Lynn Petr, S.T.A.R.'s founder. "First words, first steps, first smiles. Just the 'I can' environment rather than the 'I can't' environment, that's so crucial in everybody's life. You need to feel like you're valued and you can do things."

If you would like to find out more about S.T.A.R., you can call (865) 988-4711 or visit their website which is linked below.


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