Famed Mini Horses in Route to Sandy Hook, CT, to Make Stop in Nashville
Nashville, Tenn. (April 15, 2013) – This Saturday, April 20, the Sweethearts of the Rodeo are set to perform at a Nashville-area event benefiting Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses.
Gentle Carousel’s team of tiny therapy horses (or Minis)
work inside hospitals, assisted living programs, hospice programs,
programs for Alzheimer patients, schools, libraries and with adults and
children with disabilities.  They also work with foster children and at
risk and abused children.  Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is
an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.  The therapy horses of
Gentle Carousel visit over 20,000 adults and children each year.
The Minis are ‘granting a wish’ at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis on April 17 and will make a stop at Monroe Carell
Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville the following day. After the stops
in Tennessee, they head to Sandy Hook, CT to bring love and comfort to
the grief-stricken community.
provide some much needed rest in between visits, a local farm contacted
Gentle Carousel to offer boarding for the Minis.  The Minis will spend
two days at the farm, with one day set as a public fundraiser to
generate money for the non-profit charity horses.
“I’ve been crazy in love with horses my entire life,” says Janis Oliver.
“Now that I’ve had horses of my own for quite some time, I can speak to
the ‘special powers’ they possess.  I can’t wait feel the ‘Magic’ of
these little angels with manes and tails.”
Kristine Arnold,
the other half of the Sweethearts adds, “Well it’s a win-win for me… I
get to sing to benefit others and I get to visit with these beautiful
mini horses…I really can’t wait! “
The event is set for this Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at Innisfree Farm (831 Old Hillsboro
Road in Franklin, TN).  Sweethearts of the Rodeo will perform and
Magic, a Mini, will host a story book reading session for the kids.  The
event will also include face painting and balloons.  
chips and light refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $15 at the
door and $10 for advance purchases.  Children under 12 are FREE.  All
donations are graciously accepted.  For advance ticket purchases email
Allison Kennedy at allison@allisonkennedy.net.
Allison Kennedy, a local realtor and the event’s creator and host notes, “I am on the charity committee for Zeitlin & Company Realtors and we raise money for St. Jude and Monroe Carell so this was a perfect add on.  Fifteen workers will be dressed in Zeitlin t-shirts and white pants and ready to greet our guests!”
For more information on Gentle Carousel Therapy horses, visit www.horse-therapy.org.
For more information on Sweethearts of the Rodeo, visit www.sweetheartsoftherodeo.com.

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