Welcome New Intern Haley!
I am so excited to be a part of the Stable Hands team with this internship. Everyone here is so welcoming and kind, and you can tell that they really love what they do. There’s so much I’ve been learning and it’s only been a few months. I’m a senior at UW-Stevens Point graduating in May with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Human Services Emphasis and a minor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of having horses, as I grew older that dream developed with me to be able to have horses and help people at the same time. Stable Hands perfectly combines these two things for me in a way that has exceeded my hopes and dreams. It’s easy to see everyone is invested in having the best program they possibly can. I haven’t been here long, but I’ve seen their dedication to both the horses and the students. This team is so genuine and engaged in helping each student individually achieve their goals. I can tell it’s very personal to them, and I’m beyond excited to be part of it all!
Focus on our newest board member- Laura Wojchik
Laura is originally from Amery, Wisconsin and moved to Wausau when she began working for Purina Animal Nutrition and Marathon Feed, Inc. in 2009. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Marketing with an Animal Science Minor. She currently lives in Merrill and owns 3 horses and 3 dogs.
Laura is a knowledgeable member of the Stable Hands Board of Directors. We value her expertise and her friendship!
Finishing the Indoor Arena Stable Hands is seeking funds to add infrared heat to the indoor arena. This will allow for more activities through the winter months which are often too cold for our special needs riders. Any and all donations make a difference. Can you help?
Or mail your donation by completing our capital campaign donation pledge form and sending both to: Stable Hands, Inc. Capital Campaign 3501 Swan Ave. Wausau, WI 54401 Every donation, no matter what size, is greatly appreciated and will be put to excellent use. Thank you for your willingness to support the efforts of Stable Hands, Inc. and make a difference in our community. Learn more about our Building a Stable Future Capital Campaign >>
Brianna’s Story The Road Back from a Devastating Car Accident Brianna, now 22 years old, was involved in a tragic automobile accident in October 0f 2012 which left her in a coma for three months. Her long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury began in the ICU at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She has been surrounded by the most skilled doctors and therapists throughout her recovery process. This past July of 2014, she began equine therapy at Stable Hands. Horse therapy “exploded” her progress and propelled her to new levels of recovery. The remarkable difference from when she began equine therapy to present is awe inspiring. Brianna has always had a love for horses. Starting at a young age and working all day to ride at a local stable, then getting a horse of her own, to barrel racing through the 4-H program, horses are her passion. We are so fortunate to have a professional staff and team of dedicated volunteers at Stable Hands in our community. They have the ability to see past disability and promote the possibilities for the participants. The relentless kindness and encouragement are beyond the imagination. Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center has been a pivotal part of Brianna’s recovery success. While she still has a journey ahead of her, there is no doubt that she will make it. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all those involved with Stable Hands. “Thank you” cannot express the level of our appreciation we have for your program! Brianna, Jody and James J McLaughlin
Stable Hands’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities
through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies.