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Miniature Therapy Horses
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! In 2011 Martha talked about
Gentle Carousel on her website and Twitter. In 2012 Peanut was
featured on The Martha Stewart Show. 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
was 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.
Rainbow with THE
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."
J. Bennett, Former
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
Magic with 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
illustrator (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
READING IS MAGIC
to Life at Book Fairs and Literacy Festivals
READING IS MAGIC HORSES
SUPPORT FROM AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
O'Leno State Park hosts Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses
Masquerade and Hamlet, who appear as characters in
children's books, wait quietly in the back as children at
O'Leno Literacy Day listen to a story. (Gentle Carousel
|History in miniature at O'Leno State Park Literacy Day
|Aladdin (left) and Peanut, in full literary costume, visit with children at O'Leno State Park Literacy Day.
|Miniature horses and history and Native American traditions featured at Literacy Day at O'Leno State Park
|Wakanda, a one-year-old pinto, shows off the designs painted by children at Literacy day.
|A special book about a painted pony inspired a boy to read at Literacy Day.
Five tiny horses brought a special program to O'Leno State Park Literacy Day, featuring children's books written and illustrated by Native Americans
“We did two hours of programs with five horses, including our new Gift Horse/Native Americans and Horses program that included painting on Pintos,” said Debbie Garcia-Bengochea of Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses.
“The children had fun painting the traditional symbols on the horses -- who washed up very well after the program,” she said.
Our new therapy horse in training, Cloudburst, made his first public appearance as one of the pintos and was a park ranger favorite!
Families could enter the park on Literacy Day free if they donated a new or lightly used book.
All of the children's books donated were given to Gentle Carousel to give to children at Happy House in Lake City. Gentle Carousel will visit Happy House on a regular schedule.
Gentle Carousel began as a therapy-horse program, visiting children’s hospitals, Hospice and nursing homes. The tiny horses bring joy to patients and take their attention away from their medical challenges.
A reading program followed, matching horses with those in books. Debbie and Jorge Garcia-Bengochea have acquired a variety of miniature horses that look just like the literary characters in books, such as “Run with the Wind,” “Black Beauty” and “Year of the Black Pony.”
To see all of the animals and learn more about Gentle Carousel, visit www.Horse-Therapy.org
SPRINGS – Celebrate the
Literacy Day event on
Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. at O’Leno State
Park. Have fun with
Magic and the Gentle
Carousel Therapy Horses.
to stories read by local
authors and guest
readers, and talk with
Stretch your legs and
take a “Where Tales Meet
Trails” adventure walk,
and then sign up for a
library card. There will
also be an arts and
crafts area, live
about adult literacy
programs and rreceive a
free state park day
Admission to the park is
free with the donation
of a new or gently used
family oriented book. To
learn more about Gentle
Carousel Therapy Horses,
To learn more about the
O’Leno State Park is
located located 6 miles
north of High Springs on
U.S. Highway 441.
Painting on horses
part of fun at
Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:19 pm | Updated: 9:20 pm, Wed Nov 2, 2011.
The Fourth Annual Literacy Day was held at O'Leno State Park in High Springs recently, featuring a variety of events. Families could enter the park and Literacy Day free if they donated a new or lightly used book. All of the children's books donated were given to Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses to give to local at-risk children during school year programs.
Kids also got to meet miniature horses and even paint on them with washable paint. To learn more about Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses, visit http://www.horse-therapy.org.
Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic event in the news.
A visit from "The Black Stallion" at the Branford
Sundance reading at the Boys and Girls Club with former NFL and
University of Florida quarterback Doug Johnson for an Associated
front of a television camera before a Reading Is Magic
Reading Is Magic at the Family Literacy
Festival, Main Branch of the Alachua Library
Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic received the 2009
Literacy Award from the Alachua County Literacy Network (with Terri
Hutchinson, Literacy Coordinator of Alachua County Library District
and Gainesville mayor Pegeen Hanrahan) for Outstanding Contribution
cannot sign his book, he kisses one of his photos in the book as an
autographs his book with a kiss.
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