Unbridled Change is a program that unites at-risk youth with horses and in the process uses that relationship to teach life-lessons and provide therapy. When I used to work juvenile probation, I attended a therapy session with one of the girls I worked with, and was so impressed with the gentle teaching method. I was fascinated to watch her make connections and come to some realizations about her life that she wouldn't have recognized without this particular style of therapy.
Each year they host a benefit, and this past weekend we attended with the boys.
They had so much fun with the bubbles outside.
The twins were coated - just coated in bubbles.
Reid in his own version of corn hole.
Note the shirt drench with bubbles.
They had free face painting, and the lady who did the art was so nice.
She painted stars on the twins arms.
And Pierce wanted to be a bat.
The price of the ticket includes a barbecue dinner.
Cort, with his mouth full.
You may remember my recent post about the nature of barbecue.
Squeals on Wheels catered and they had both vinegar based and tomato based barbecue.
I went for the vinegar based this time.
And added a great deal of hot sauce.
Enough to leave my stomach burning!
And of course great music.
We heard 3 bands - Blue Mule, County Bound, and Dixie Bluegrass Boys.
This is a picture of the Dixie Bluegrass Boys - we're long-time friends with Billy (playing the fiddle).
Our boys really enjoyed dancing to the music, and Cort was a bit like a groupie standing beneath the band at times and embracing the hay.
Pierce met a girlfriend and danced much of the night with her, but as I didn't ask her folks for permission I won't be sharing those pictures.
It was a very fun evening and I hope that we'll be back for more next year!