[Olivia Morrissey for Shaw Media]
Colorful mums from Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center were for sale, alongside Operation Wild Horse, a Bull Valley-based nonprofit that provides horseback riding to veterans. One of the horses, Padré, was on-site to “sign” a children’s book written in his honor.
The mustang stallion is the first and only wild horse to win the prestigious Dressage at Devon, under the direction of equestrian Patti Gruber, and has a Breyer horse to his likeness.
Gruber owns and operates the Bull Valley Equestrian Center, at which Operation Wild Horse is based. The organization gives back to Bull Valley and the surrounding community by helping active-duty military and veterans.
“Operation Wild Horse is all about harnessing the healing power of horses,” said Jim Welch, president of the organization. “We help veterans and active-duty military in the community overcome their own challenges by working with horses who have also been given a second chance.”