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Benefit designed to surprise, support healing horses

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A new benefit event for Highland Springs Healing Center has been created to treat guests with music, art, food and wine May 4, set among 600 acres of River Highlands Ranch & Vineyard in Smartsville.

"I felt my soul come back to me" … a sentiment heard often by Joaquin Jacobs of Highland Springs Healing Center, where Equine Therapy horses offer deep healing and dramatic stress relief, especially to returning vets with post-traumatic stress disorder. Equine therapy has a profound effect on those who suffer from anxiety disorders stemming from trauma, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, autism, abuse, injury or the threat of death, according to event co-producers Jane Rivar and Suzie Daggett. Therapy horses react and mirror the emotions of those they are working with so when past traumas surface, peace and trust is restored. Horses sense what the sufferer needs with grace and brings them to the present. The healing happens when a client says: "I felt forgiven … I was able to forgive myself in the horse's presence," organizers said.

At the benefit event, guests will have the chance to see first-hand how therapy horses help to heal humans. Rivar and Daggett have designed this event to include demonstrations from the healing horses as well as a fun, adventurous evening stroll through the ranch, barn and beautiful gardens. Attendees will find discoveries and tasty surprises at every bend. Hors d'oeuvres will be available from by Sierra Farm to Table and JimE Catering/Club 141, along with wine, beer, specialty teas and sodas, and local desserts and chocolates. An expansive art walk for show and sale will be set up in the barn. The reflecting pond will set a scene for relaxing and chatting. Once the sun sets, there will be dancing, or star-gazing through powerful telescopes. And, then, there is music to sooth your soul! Rivar will play with Kelly Fleming, plus strolling musicians, Bill Douglass on bamboo flute, David Eby on Cello, and Kimberly Bass on Singing Bowls will delight guests.

The event is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 4 and costs $55 per person and can be purchased at Attendees will get the first glass of wine, beer or soda plus two appetizers. Additional food, desserts and art purchased separately. Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring a flashlight, and enjoy the experience of The Ranch!

For information, contact Daggett by phone at 530-913-9592 or email at

For more about Highland Springs Healing Center go to

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