Horses

N.J. Horse To Be Awarded Planetree Service Animal Medal of Honor

da5836e11e29b821ed20_Sprin_Therapy_Horse.JPG
Spring Thaw gets some loving from a young client at Spring Reins of Life during his 9-year career as a therapy horse. Credits: courtesy photo
da5836e11e29b821ed20_Sprin_Therapy_Horse.JPG

 

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Thanks to bitter cold weather, it had been some time since the veterans had been able to attend therapy sessions at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL).

When the weather cleared the veterans arrived at the farm with news they were excited to share — Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse, was to be honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Service Animal Medal of Honor. For SRoL co-founder Christianna Capra, the news was bittersweet. Just a few days earlier, on Jan. 20, Spring was laid to rest due to the infirmities of old age.

Sign Up for E-News

Spring was a founding member of the SRoL therapy herd. “Since our beginning of Operation Horse, Spring has worked with and served over 700 veterans from the N.J. VA Healthcare System as well as local combat veterans in New Jersey. Many of whom referred to him as ‘The General or Grandpa.’ This is a very special honor for us. Spring's remaining Herd members will accept this Honor on his behalf, posthumously,” Capra said.

A ceremony to honor Spring will be held on Tuesday, March 20 — the first day of Spring — at 10:30 a.m. at Hunt Cap Farm, 401 Main Street, Three Bridges. It would also have been Spring’s 31st birthday.

Only 15 service animals in the country are being awarded the Medal of Honor. A national ceremony will be held in October in Maryland. 

“Spring's life left a life marker on countless clients in the nine years he spent working his JediHorse magic in our EAP arena. We are so blessed to have had his guidance and wisdom shared so freely,” Capra said.

See https://www.facebook.com/events/1756402561058180/ for information about the ceremony, e-mail info@springreinsoflife.org or call 347-886-2798.

A Comedy Night fundraiser is also planned for April 21 at the Flemington Elks. Details will be available soon.

See www.springreinsoflife.org for more information about SRoL.

SRoL Mission Statement:

Spring Reins of Life is dedicated to promoting psychological healing, emotional well-being and personal growth using the skills of mental health professionals and the guided assistance of horses.  For thousands of years there has been a unique bond between humans and horses, it is our mission to enhance and leverage this bond to reach those individuals who are suffering from the effects of trauma, loss, drug addiction and/or the combined stressors and obstacles set forth by either circumstance or societal confines.

The primary populations that Spring Reins of Life works to serve are At Risk Youth, Military Veterans and their Families, and Bereaved Children.

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHolmdelandcoltsneck

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Holmdel & Colts Neck

Colts Neck Senior Citizens Organization: Welcoming New Members for Great Experiences

July 10, 2018

COLTS NECK, NJ -  Tuesday, June 12  was a beautiful day for the members of Colts Neck Senior Citizens. The weather was perfect and a wonderful outing was enjoyed by all.  We boarded the bus for a delightful ride to Long Beach Island, where the Surflight Theatre was the first stop.  The performance of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” was definitely “nice ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_885fe7d6798f561c2b8e_img_5565

Thu, July 19, 5:00 PM

Frutta Bowls, Colts Neck

Enjoy a 'Click and Sip' With Free Headshots and ...

Carousel_image_e55354d1a6836067f4ce_aec2becdafab4e29dc6d_dbce792f-604d-4c51-8f4a-562bae613bad

Thu, July 19, 6:00 PM

Bella Vista Country Club, Marlboro

Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce to Host ...

Carousel_image_b613c4bdf66955f543ae_wfc_-_nj_singer_-_20180720_v2__1_

Fri, July 20, 8:00 AM

Vibe Tap and Grill, Hazlet

Breakfast Fundraiser

Business & Finance Government

Wed, July 25, 6:45 PM

Holmdel Public Library, Bell Works, Holmdel

If Only I Won the Lottery!

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 19, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

Colts Neck Senior Citizens at Atlantic City

Colts Neck Senior Citizens at Atlantic City

There were so many members of the Colts Neck Senior Citizens that signed up for the recent trip to Atlantic City that a larger bus had to be ordered.  The group felt like July 10 was a lucky day, even if there wasn’t a big win at the casino! We enjoyed a comfortable bus ride to the Tropicana, where we received a $15.00 gambling card, a ...

“Plant a Row” Garden Grows Fresh Produce for Monmouth County Food Pantries

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently visited and toured the Monmouth County Plant a Row for the Hungry Garden, which has donated 29,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food pantries since 2006.

 

Monmouth County’s Plant a Row (PAR) garden was created by the Master Gardeners of Monmouth County and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in 2006 ...

TV's Cupcake Wars Champ Sweetens Holmdel at Bell Works Fireworks Extravaganza

July 18, 2018

HOLMDEL, NJ - On July 10th, attendees of the “Red, White and Boom” fireworks spectacular at Holmdel’s Bell Works complex were treated to the equally colorful (and far more delicious) cupcakes from the House of Cupcakes, a crowned champion of the Food Network.

 

The House of Cupcakes’ food truck offered its customers cupcakes in twelve flavors, ranging from ...

Obituaries

Feb 5, 1925 - Jul 4, 2018
Mary Ann Walsh Thompson, 93 of Holmdel, died Wednesday July 4th at Care One at Holmdel. Mary Ann ...
Read more

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...