Photo: HorsePower founder Carrie Capes (left) and Chairman John Cain hold up a check presented to them by Michael Schulz of Modern Woodmen of America.
by Dave Woehrle
ST. CHARLES—A fundraiser for HorsePower Therapeutic Riding was held at St. Charles Bowl on Saturday.
The three-and-a-half-hour event raised $11,519 for HorsePower, a non-profit organization in Maple Park that offers horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities.
HorsePower’s programs focus on communication, connection and teamwork between the student and their horse, providing opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive and social growth. The therapeutic horse riding program currently has 25 students between the ages of four and 37.
HorsePower Program Director Carrie Capes was pleased with the fundraiser’s turnout.
“The event was sold out one week before the date,” she said. “We sold 150 bowling tickets and an additional 40 non-bowler tickets. The place was packed.”
The event was co-sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization that specializes in coordinating and insuring community events. The group matched funds up to $2,500.
Modern Woodmen representative Michael Schulz felt honored to be involved.
“This is our way of getting the word out and getting involved in the community to benefit local people and to have a real impact,” Schulz said. “I am so thankful and blessed to be able to help out in this way. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if I worked at a normal insurance company.”
Sue Pozen, a paraprofessional at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary, won $1,530 in the 50/50 raffle at the fundraiser.
HorsePower Therapeutic was co-founded by lifelong equestrian enthusiasts Capes and Justin Yahnig in March 2012, starting with four students and a dream to harness the healing power of the horse. Yahnig provided a financial background and experience training and showing Arabian horses, while Capes, a recreation therapist, special needs parent, and PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor, established a Board of Directors for the therapeutic horse riding organization in August 2012.
Elburn resident John Cain is the current chairman of HorsePower, which became an Illinois registered non-profit corporation in December 2012.