Each month, our lead instructor, Eva, picks a student for our “Blue Ribbon Moment.” A “Blue Ribbon Moment” represents an achievement, both small and large made by one of our students. Fall is the season of change. The weather gets cooler and the leaves start to change color. Many of us embrace it. Yet there
On October 14th, Fig Magazine had its issue’s premiere party at Great Oak. Look for the Fig Magazine at your favorite local businesses to find Great Oak’s feature. Below are scenes from the event. Thank you to all who came out to support! We are really grateful to fig magazine, and their belief and support in us to choose
September Volunteer of the Month Meet our “GO” Getter of the Month, Jacklyn Stone! Jacky discovered Great Oak through an internet search after her previous center closed. Working with horses was a bucket list item for Jacky during her retirement. “As soon as I retired from teaching, I was ready to enjoy my retirement with
Morrigan’s Blue Ribbon Moment At Great Oak, our primary task is to teach horseback riding, however, the learning goes far beyond that. Our students help to groom and care for the horses. They spend time with the horses bonding and learning to listen to them. We play socialization games and encourage mindfulness, patience, and kindness.
Graduation is celebrated worldwide, honoring people who have successfully completed a course of study. At Great Oak, we like to celebrate special occasions with Blue Ribbon moments. This month’s we are honoring our first official Graduate. In February of 2019, Lead Instructor, Eva Finnan, had the privilege of assessing a woman who had fallen from
Thanks to the many generous community supporters, Great Oak’s Duchossois Indoor Riding Arena recently underwent a transformation. In early August, the previous sand-clay footing mixture was removed to make room for a secure base of stone dust topped with a mixture of sand and GGT Equestrian Footing. We are especially GREATful for the following businesses
Written by Jensen Jennings, who started as a volunteer at Great Oak but recently became a member of our Board of Directors. I have been a volunteer with Great Oak for about two years now. In my time with Great Oak, I have seen life-changing experiences, and I have been brought to tears and humbled
Monday teaches patience in July’s Blue Ribbon Moment Patience is a virtue, and horses are fantastic teachers of patience. This month’s Blue Ribbon Moment features one of our newest riders, Abigale. She came to Great Oak to gain confidence, balance and become more balanced in both body and mind. Abigale came to the farm for several