Dragonfire Dancing Horses owner begins sponsorship program for riding lessons

Bryce Shelton rides during one of his lessons as the sponsored rider. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kelly Reynolds knows that this is the most prevalent time of year to “pay it for-ward” and she’s using her horses to do so.

Reynolds, owner of Drag-onfire Dancing Horses in rural Hampton, recently began a sponsorship program out of her horse facility. Through anonymous sponsors, children who wish to take riding les-sons but don’t have the means are able to fulfill their dreams. Each month, Reynolds selects a sponsored rider and he or she receives at least three or four free lessons. She said she typically chooses individuals who can’t afford lessons or existing students at the acad-emy that need some assistance to continue their membership.

For those who aren’t members, Reynolds said that she’s seen the sponsorship program instill a previously unknown love of horses in individuals who have gone on to take additional lessons.

She added that she firmly believes everyone should have a chance to ride horses if they desire, as horse riding pro-vides a number of therapeutic, educational and life skill ben-efits.

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