Hope Horses Casino Night At Top Of The Town

by | Mar 25, 2018 | Community, Images, Interviews, People, Videos

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Hope Horses Casino Night At Top Of The Town

The top floor of the Cullman Savings Bank played host to a large gathering of supporters for Hope Horses, Inc. on St. Patrick’s Day evening.

Hope Horses, Inc. is one of Cullman County’s unique charitable, community service organizations. They are a partner agency with the United Way of Cullman County.

The Hope Horses mission is to provide therapeutic horsemanship programs to individuals with special physical, social, cognitive, and emotional needs.

Kelsey Rice is the Executive Director of Hope horses. She graduated from Auburn University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Nonprofit and Philanthropy Studies.

In this interview, Kelsey explains the essence of Hope Horses, Inc.:

Cullman’s top catering service – Designs By Grace – rolled out an all-you-can-eat banquet style meal for the nearly 150 guests who attended the Luck of the Irish Casino Night. You can see all the images from this gathering below.

This event – which featured a Silent Auction – is one of Hope Horses largest fundraising events of the year.

About Hope Horses, Inc.

The Hope Horses program was a vision and dream of David Poynor’s in 2007. With several years of research, a board of directors was organized and incorporated in 2010.

Hope Horses was approved as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2011.

The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman opened the gates to a permanent home for Hope Horses in 2011. Fundraising and site preparations began for a new barn in 2012. The community had much ownership in the program via the donation of materials and labor for the barn.

In October 2013, Jon and Dr. Glori Short opened their barn, arena, and pasture for Hope Horses to evaluate horses while the barn was under construction on 1301 Convent Road. Four horses were evaluated and accepted as program horses. June 2014, Hope Horses began offering equine therapeutic activities at the Short Farm.

In 2015, Hope Horses began offering equine therapeutic activities on 1301 Convent Road.


Lynne Morton – President
Terre Sutherland – Secretary
Taira Ugarkovich – Treasurer
Sheriff Matt Gentry
Dr. Rex Adams
Chief Kenny Culpepper
Sister Therese Haydel
Anna Bright
Melanie Conn


Kelsey Rice – Executive Director
Danielle – Assistant Program Director
Mandy Trolard – Instructor
Hannah Sumner – Volunteer Coordinator
Missy Blaylock – Activities Director

You can learn more about Hope Horses, Inc. right here.

Hope Horses Casino Night At Top Of The Town

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Hope Horses Casino Night At Top Of The Town

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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