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The 7th Annual FriendRaiser raised $52,000!!!!

Dear Friends:

I can’t thank everyone involved with our FriendRaiser enough for the magnificent event that occurred on August 24th.  We had an outstanding group of volunteers who worked for months to see that the event would be memorable and a tremendous celebration of our 40thAnniversary.   To our many guests, thank you for coming and enduring the heat to participate in our celebration of 40 years of history and a new beginning at FineLine Stables.  We greatly appreciate your support and generosity.   We are already planning for next year’s event and we will build on the success of 2013. Be sure to mark your calendar as soon as the date is set. You won’t want to miss TRI’s 2014 Event – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever with a dance floor, more games and more time to mingle with your TRI family!    I am so excited about the wonderful year TRI is having.  We are serving record numbers of students this year by offering more classes to our current and new students.  I can’t help but be in awe as I watch TRI and all of the positive energy that is being generated in all areas!  TRI is very lucky indeed to have so much wonderful support, students, staff and volunteers!!  


Marleen Milkis
Executive Director  

Special Thanks to our FriendRaiser Sponsors:

Blue Ribbon Sponsor: The Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation

Yellow Ribbon Sponsors: First Dayton CyberKnife The Schade Group – Merrill Lynch Table

Sponsors: Dayton Children’s Hospital Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association


Meet TRI’s new Equine Manager Michele Green

As TRI’s Equine Manager, Michele’s primary responsibilities will be the health and training of our horses, but she is also a PATH International Advanced Certified Instructor!   Michele is a private riding instructor/trainer in the Dayton area and focuses on dressage – she is a USDF Bronze Medalist.

Michele’s parents raised Quarter Horses, and they always foaled the mares out at home and kept the youngsters there until they started training, so caring for the horses was required from the time she was old enough to take on chores.

Michele is a qualified horse trainer and instructor and will be a true asset to our Programming Team!

Michele has a BS in Biology from Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) and believes that everyone, regardless of circumstance, who is paying to learn to ride a horse deserves to receive quality instruction from someone who knows how to actually do what they are teaching.   Welcome, Michele!!


Upcoming Special Events

TRI Student Horse Show   
October 27th, 2013 @11am – 6pm

FineLine Stables – Big Arena!!    The Student Horse Show is always a memorable event for our TRI students. This year, the show will take place in FineLine’s large indoor arena. Friends and families will be able to sit inside the arena to cheer their student on as they demonstrate their skills in front of a special horse show judge. Students will earn ribbons and prizes.   Baked Goods and TRI Apparel will be for sale!!     Volunteers – Please Contact Bethany at TRIDaytonVolunteer@gmail.com if you’re able to help out with this event.     Students – If you did not participate in the Spring Ride-A-Thon, you are eligible to ride in the Fall Horse Show. If you have not received your registration form, please reach out to Christine at TRIDaytonDevelopment@gmail.com. Slots will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Looking for ways to support TRI? Here are just a few! We need toilet paper!  Please feel free to donate this necessity throughout the year. We share this responsibility with FineLine and your donations help keep TRI’s costs down. Sell UD vs. St. Louis B-Ball Raffle Tickets. $5/ticket or $25 for a book of 6. Books can be picked up at the barn. Drawing to be held on October 27th at the Fall Horse Show. The raffle is for 2 tickets to the UD vs. St. Louis home game on January 11th at 11am. Introduce a Friend to TRI!As we look to 2014, we are in search of Side Helpers and Horse Leaders to work daytime hours. If you, or any of your friends have daytime availability, please let Bethany know at TRIDaytonVolunteer@gmail.com – Subject Line – Daytime Availability. We can add more classes, but we need your help!   For more information on how to support TRI, contact: Christine Pirot TRIDaytonDevelopment@gmail.com (864) 650-4967


Thank you to everyone that contributed to the 2014 FriendRaiser


3rd Degree Amy Cakes Boy Scout Troop 896 Dave Ball Doug Sorrell FineLine Stables Freeze Frame Photo and Sound GE Unison James Free Jewelers Kathy Reamy Lauren Banfield Patriot MMS Photography by John McKean Prime Time Party Rental Red Lion Nursery Tommy Routsong Wheel Be Roastin’ BBQ

Thank you TRI Sponsors CareSource Centerville-Washington Foundation Dayton Children’s Hospital The Dayton Foundation DP&L First Dayton CyberKnife Greater Dayton Area Hospital Assocation The Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation The Levin Family Foundation The Phil and Jean Wagner Fund of the Dayton Foundation Reynolds & Reynolds The Schade Group – Merrill Lynch Teradata

Thank You JC Plummer and Emma Kirkpatrick JC and Emma were our Student Riders at the FriendRaiser and did a marvelous job showing our friends why our programming is so powerful. The student demonstration will always be the highlight of this event. Until one sees the joy in a student’s eyes as he or she navigates their horse around the ring, it is impossible to fully comprehend the importance of therapeutic riding. To Emma and JC- Thank you! We are all so proud of both of you!!

So Many Thank You’s!

Thanks to Georgie Prush, Kelley Bartlett and Kelly Siedling for such an incredible auction!! 50 Silent Auction Baskets… WOW!!!!  Thanks to 3rd Degree for donating your talents. You were incredible!! Andrew Keister – the horse shoe podium was brilliant! Thank you Howard Milkis for the projector, screen, videography and the outdoor lights!!