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2020 Jockeys to be announced SOON!

Eight jockeys will ride a "virtual" horse to compete in the "Fun for the Roses" race to raise money over a one week period starting June 1st to June 7th. 


The jockey who raises the most money through family and friends will win a trophy. 


The goal is to raise $30,000 and the JM Smith Foundation is matching donations up to $15,000. All donations will support the provision of equine assisted activities and therapies for children with challenges in the Spartanburg area.

2019 Derby Week  Race Results


Total raised: $15,000
Thanks to all our supporters, donors, jockeys... THANKS TO YOU...
We've crossed the Derby finish Line!!!
Jockey & Horse Line Up

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Ben Jones & Cookie

Ben, 12, has been riding at HALTER for 4 years, and also serves as a weekly volunteer with his mother, working on special projects. He loves HALTER and wants to make sure other children in our community have the same opportunity to get involved with such a great organization. He loves his horse, Cookie!

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Bobby Turner & Nate

A Wofford College graduate who worked at Odom Oil Company Bobby’s hobbies are riding and volunteering at HALTER helping in lessons and with the facility. Bobby attends First Presbyterian Church and has three grown children. He says “I volunteer at Halter because I love kids & horses. “ Bobby has developed a special friendship with Nate, one of HALTER’s newest Therapy Ponies.

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Charlee Rae Gribble & Rascal

Charlee Ray is 5 and has been riding since June of 2018 .The smile on her face when she rides says it all! She wants to make sure HALTER is here for other children, now and forever. She loves Rascal the Therapy Pony, and all of the horses.

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Courtney Shields & Wichita

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Jaime Sacks & Taz

Horses and children have been my life since moving to the Spartanburg SC area in 2007.  “I love HALTER because it combines my passion for horses and children.”  Pacolet Feed Supply allows me to meet other like minded adults and children. Jami also operates  an able-bodied riding program/ministry.

Joe Murdock

Joe Murdock, with Pella Windows, got “roped in” to being a HALTER Jockey when he sold the executive director of HALTER new windows. Joe loves giving back to the entire region, and is glad to be part of enhancing the lives of children with disabilities through equine assisted activities at HALTER.

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Kenna McLarty-Wilson & Ninja

Kenna is a new member of the HALTER Board of Directors and joined because she knows the potential of children with disabilities. She is the Associate Director of Residential Life for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB). Kenna has an MBA from Strayer University. Kenna wants to make sure that the children with disabilities from the SCSDB who are from across the state and children in the region have access to the high quality services provided at HALTER.

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Mary Dobbing & Cowboy

Mary Dobbing is graduating from Converse and will begin teaching at McCarthy- Teszler in the fall. She has been volunteering at HALTER since 2017. For Mary, “it is all about the kids!” She volunteers with the children in the lessons and is a master at getting them to work hard to reach their potential.

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Sue Fanelli & Mick

A life-long horseman Sue Fanelli is the owner of EQ-Knowledge, an education and rider resource firm. She developed dressage for the gaited horse, which is now used world-wide. Sue is active in the Virginia Horse Industry, chairing the Virginia Horse Industry Board.  Sue owns Therapy Horse Mick Jagger and loans him to HALTER because she believes in the power of horses to help people—including the volunteers!