Picture this: You’re sitting on the lush lawn of a fabulous chateau, sipping wine with your girlfriends at a fashion show. A parade of models are strutting the runway under the golden glow of a late afternoon in wine country. There’s no better way to spend an early summer afternoon—except, of course, if it happened to benefit the lives of others.
On the first Sunday in June, we invite you to join us at the stunning Chateau St. Jean Winery in Kenwood. We’ll be there as part of a fabulous fashion show event benefitting one of our favorite nonprofits. You get to sit back and sip on fabulous Chateau St. Jean wines while shopping our latest looks, and it’s all for a great cause.
Any horse-lover knows that our equine friends have the power to heal us from the inside out. That’s the philosophy of Petaluma-based Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, which uses equine therapy to better the lives of those living with disabilities. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit located at Sonoma Horse Park is dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled children and adults in the Bay Area.
Giant Steps believes that caring for and riding horses can be a powerful, life-changing tool for healing individuals with physical, emotional and developmental challenges. From little Megan, in the video above, to veterans with PTSD, they help a wide array of people. Their customized therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy programs can assist those dealing with the effects of everything from ADHD to cerebral palsy to depression to strokes.
The riding programs help students develop not only physical strength and coordination but also social skills, such as following directions, making friends, improving motor skills and learning how to problem solve. Giant Steps also offers what they refer to as equine-facilitated learning, which consists of unmounted group lessons that include engaging activities with the horses as a method of teaching character development and reinforcing life skills.
Giant Steps promises never to turn away a rider because of a lack of means—but it’s a goal that’s not without obstacles.
We hope you will join us on Sunday, June 4 from 2-5pm. In addition to fashion from Goode Rider, there will also be ensembles by Overland Sheepskin Company, luxury brand Stick & Ball, girls’ activewear line Athleta Girl and Mini Britches, whose equestrian-inspired clothing for babies and toddlers is absolutely darling.
All proceeds directly benefit Giant Steps and the wonderful work they do with equine therapy.
You can save on ticketing fees by purchasing tickets for your whole group, so round up the girls and purchase your tickets HERE.
We’ll see you there!