Grant Recipients

Pictured from L – R: Lili Kellogg, ManeGait Director; Priscilla and Bill Darling, ManeGait Co-Founders; Ryan Vitz, Bill Joplin and Charlette Vitz. Photographed by Lindy Howard.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship is the recipient of Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating People Serving People $ 25,000 annual grant.

WALK ON Therapeutic Riding Center

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Contact: Tara Malphrus
Phone 972 347 9616
Fax 972 347 9616
5513 Smiley Road
Celina, Texas 75009

Willow Wood Ranch Receives $10,000 Grant

“People Serving People” grant awarded by Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating McKinney, Texas – December 1, 2005: Willow Wood Ranch, Inc., was the proud recipient of a grant from Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating of McKinney. This grant was awarded as part of Joplin’s “People Serving People” annual contribution to the community.

Charlette Vitz, Director of Community Services for Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating, presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Tara Malphrus, WALK ON Executive Director. The grant was awarded to fund a new therapy room and office at the WALK ON facility in Celina, Texas. “WALK ON is proud to receive such a wonderful donation, especially at this time of year,” said Malphrus. She added that the therapeutic riding program has difficulty operating during the winter months due to inclement weather conditions. “This grant will allow us to build an indoor therapy room which will include an ‘Equicizer’, which is a mechanical horse used for therapy”, she said. The ‘Equicizer’ was developed by Frank Lovato, a retired jockey who designed the mechanical horse for his personal rehabilitation after an injury. The stationary “wooden horse” is built so that the rider must exert physical movement in order to experience motion similar to a real horse. The Equicizer has gained popularity at therapeutic riding centers nationwide and was recently featured at the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) annual conference in Houston.

Since 1978, Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating has served the people of McKinney and the surrounding communities. In 2004, the company created the “P community they serve.

Founded in 2003, Willow Wood Ranch, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Celina, Texas. Through their “WALK ON” Therapeutic Riding Center, their mission is to reach out to children and young adults with disabilities in order to facilitate a positive change in their lives using proven therapeutic riding methods.

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