Cullman Kiwanis Support Hope Horses

The Cullman Kiwanis Club enjoyed a brief lunch at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church Tuesday during their regular monthly meeting. Beyond fine food, the focus of the event was on Hope Horses, Inc.

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

After the luncheon, several Kiwanis members trekked to the Hope Horses facility in the 1300 block of 1301 Convent Road NE. The ten Kiwanis participants received an in-depth tour of the operation guided by Executive Director Kelsey Rice.

Kiwanis members attending the tour included:

• Steve Sides
• Louanne Blankenship
• Mike Pepple
• Tom Fillinger
• Melissa Henderson
• Jacob Waldrop
• Gus (the horse)
• Mariah Miles (with HOPE)
• Matt Townson
• Chris Campbell
• Bob Burns
• Verna Jackson
• Kelsey Rice (with HOPE)

In addition to the interaction between club members and the organizational staff, the Kiwanis Club presented a $1,000 donation to HOPE Horses, Inc.

We spoke with Kiwanis Treasurer, Matt Townson. He had these thoughts:

“We Kiwanians are always looking for ways to give to organizations in our community. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer a few times at Hope Horses.


It is such a blessing to see what they do for individuals with all different kinds of needs through horse riding therapy. Kelsey Rice and her staff do a great job. Cullman has really stepped up and supported HOPE. But they are always in need of volunteers.


I highly suggest that people wanting to volunteer their time to give HOPE a try. And, give Kiwanis a try where our motto is “Helping improve the world one child and one community at a time.”


Cullman Kiwanis Support Hope Horses

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

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