Carousel Therapy Horses is a 501(c)(3)
donations are tax deductible. Help us grant wishes, make
memories and bring a little magic into the world.
Gainesville, FL 32635
Rainbow in a
huddle with two time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP
quarterback Phil Simms.
talks about Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses on
stage during his amazing Broadway show.
"Keep up the wonderful work you do. I often tell
people that Lassie was the first therapy dog--the first to
be allowed in hospitals more than 50 years ago!"
Jon Provost, Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie
Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith after winning the
Thank you to Mike Smith for
including Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses in your
supported charities for the 2011 holidays!
Cloudburst wins Martha
Stewart's Annual Halloween Photo Contest! Martha talked about
Gentle Carousel on her website and Twitter. Thank you Martha!
Cloudburst on People
"...Gentle Carousel, you are wonderful, gentle, caring
producer, best selling author, four-time Emmy winner
and activist for children's causes
A photo of Peanut and Aladdin
were on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her website home page.
Who doesn't love Ellen!
movie star Benji working with Magic.
they are doing is just so incredible. They are making a difference. These
people are the real deal. They are down there in the trenches doing it."
writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.
DUKES OF HAZZARD star Tom Wopat.
reading at a Boys and Girls Club with former NFL and University of
Florida quarterback Doug Johnson for an Associated Press
photo and literacy poster.
was selected a charity partner in Disney's volunteer program
"Give a Day. Get a Day."
"Your Reading Is
Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk
into a school or library. Using little miniature
horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.
Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and
service to your community."
Secretary of Education
Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.
"Gentle Carousel... Thank you for all of your hard work!"
Journalist, author and television host
four-time Olympian and
ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the
Year, Karen O'Connor.
Magic with David O'Connor,
president of the United States Equestrian
Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan
American Games and World Equestrian Games
"Reading Is Magic!
Every child you inspire to
read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to
life...It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Either way, the journey is magical.
...Wow. Love those
little horses... Great job you're doing. I'm proud of you."
-Homer Hickam, #1 New York
Times Bestselling author and NASA engineer
"What you have to get across is that these are highly
trained horses. They go into an environment, a
situation, circumstances where only a trained horse such
as this can navigate himself... They seem to have an innate sense of how to go to the
person they are there to comfort."
Silverman, Executive producer and host of the The Ilene
that the use of horses is wonderful for children with
self-regulation and attachment issues (the classic
problems with so many children in the CPS system as you
are aware)...Keep up your work. With
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.Senior Fellow
The Child Trauma Academy
"...I just wanted to take the opportunity to write you a
letter expressing my amazement with your miracle
miniature horse "Magic". As I read about all the
miraculous things that have happened in her presence, I
was absolutely stunned. It is amazing that despite the
modern marvels of medicine and how much that field has
advanced in my lifetime, that sometimes there remains an
unexplained element to health and recovery that is
covered by miraculous creatures like your horse..."
Senator Steve Oelrich
"Magic and Gentle Carousel, Inspiring children to read is magical. You are making
Chris Soentpiet, Acclaimed children's book author and
(Thank you for the beautiful artwork you donated
to help Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic!)
"My own daughter, who has Down Syndrome has been
touched by Magic. I have been able to see first hand what
these animals can do just with my own child...This program
benefits so many different population bases. They can reach
the elderly, the terminally ill, children with developmental
disabilities, children with needs in reading...there are
just so many opportunities to reach so many people in
Lance Block, Chairman for the Governor's Commission on Disabilities
"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into
schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond
compare. Keep the hoof beats going."
Carl Joseph, author and Hall of Fame
"What an honor
and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU."
Shelley Fraser Mickle,
Award winning author and National Public Radio commentator
for a fan then kisses one of his photos in the novel JASON AND ELIHU
as an autograph.
"You have a wonderful program. Thank
you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"
Anna Grossnickle Hines,
Author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.
"...Thank you for all the work you
do...Reading is Magic!"
Bestselling author and Newbery Medal
Joe Camp and
Canine Movie Star Benji Team Up
With Gentle Carousel
Horse Rainbow makes a new friend with canine movie star
See Joe Camp's Blog about Gentle Carousel
BENJI, the actual star of
Benji Off The Leash!
flew from California
(and Tennessee) with film
writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind the
canine superstar, Joe Camp and his wonderful wife
Kathleen to help Gentle Carousel.
was just named Oprah's Favorite
"Lassie may be a
classic choice, but this time around, Benji edged her out by a hair.
While we appreciate Lassie and Timmy's bond, Benji is a stray with
serious spunk. He may not have any pedigree, but Benji gets the job
done. In his first film—released in 1974—Benji uses his keen canine
senses to help save children from kidnappers. Plus, this pound puppy
inspires audiences to open their hearts and homes to mutts of all
shapes and sizes."
See Benji on Oprah's website
Joe Camp working with Magic. She is a little horse but responds to Joe the same way her large equine relatives do. We are so thankful for the many, many hours Joe devoted to our
therapy program and horses as a teacher and friend.
Benji and Magic getting ready to meet children from Shand’s Pediatric Unit, Hope Lodge and the Ronald McDonald House.
Benji and the
therapy horses at the Ronald McDonald House.
Joe and Kathleen Camp along with Benji worked with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses on visits to children with life threatening illnesses, adults in assisted living programs and even to
Benji takes Magic inside City Hall to meet the mayor
during the filming of a documentary about our therapy horses.
Magic and Benji meet Ocala mayor Randy Ewers.
Camp and Magic at a Hampton Manor assisted living program.
Benji taking a break after a busy morning with the horses.
Joe Camp (with canine movie
star Benji) signing videos and copies of his bestselling book
Soul Of A Horse
to raise money for Gentle Carousel's Reading Is
Magic program. Hundreds of fans came to meet Joe and to
Soul Of A Horse.
READING IS MAGIC Authors and Illustrators
"The Magic Of Horses"
with Joe Camp and Benji
Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club
Joe Camp at Gentle Carousel's fundraiser (Ocala Magazine).
Joe Camp is one
of the most successful independent filmmakers ever and he did it the
hard way, with G-rated movies and no help from Hollywood.
Joe's inspirational story of a small time ad guy who turned
wholesale Hollywood rejection into the worldwide phenomenon of Benji
will make you believe in your own dreams.
posing for photographers with fellow actors Alicia
Silverstone, Ed Asner, Wendie Malick (above)Broadway
star Gretchen Wyler and from "Two And A Half Men" Angus
Benji and Joe Camp on national television at the Genesis
Picture Of The Year
Benji Off The Leash.
"A breath of
Dave Kehr - New
"Surefire family entertainment! I'm giving
this film my HOT vote!"
Leonard Maltin- Hot Ticket
"A good one! And it sends a valuable message."
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun Times
of the best family movies of the decade!"
Christopher Largen - Amazon.com
A Readers Digest Family Favorite.
Benji Off The Leash.
Carousel Therapy Horses is a 501(c)(3)
donations are tax deductible.
something about the outside of a horse that is good for the
inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill
Gainesville, FL 32635