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Horse event back for second year

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A popular event from last year is back.

Last year, Hope Reins hosted an event with Wild Horse Ministries and had an estimated 150 people attend.

"We had a good turnout," said Hope Reins Director Donna Jones, who hopes for an even better turnout this year.

The event will be Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds' horse arena. At 5 p.m., the band 6 Miles will perform bluegrass music. At 6 p.m., Wild Horse Ministries will offer their demonstrations.

Paul Daily, his wife Joanna and their two children, provide the demonstrations. Paul works with a 2-3-year-old halter-broke horse that is untamed. According to the ministries website, Paul does not "break horses, he gentles them with words and pats, until they let him bridle, saddle and ride them -- all within two hours."

In 1997, Paul was in a round pen, working with a horse when, according to him, God inspired or called him to take the lessons the horse was learning in the pen experience and relate it to man's life lessons with Jesus Christ. Paul and his family then began the Wild Horse Ministries.

During the demonstration, Paul can sometimes get the wild horse to completely submit by lying down. The ministry's website states, "Paul says the Lord has given him this ability and is using him to reach people who shy away from organized religion and church. As the horse submits to Paul's ministrations, people submit to God's."

Jones invited Wild Horse Ministries back to Clay County, as the Daily family spends most of their summer traveling to wherever they are invited to do demonstrations.

"As he works with the horse, he talks about life -- God, faith, obedience and love," Jones said. "Young and old alike will enjoy the presentation, especially horse-lovers and people who are interested in training horses."

"It's an amazing way to look at our relationship with the Lord, in my personal thoughts," Jones said of the demonstrations. "We are often like the wild horse and God is trying to train us in a way that will keep us safer and help us be used by the Master. It's a visual illustration of that."

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken during the event in support of Wild Horse Ministries, and concessions will be available with proceeds to support Hope Reins.

Hope Reins serves all children between the ages of 7-18, who come because they don't have access to horses through other means.

The ministry serves children who need opportunities to be reminded of the hope they have for the future. The program is free.

To contact Hope Reins, call 812-878-5475 to schedule an appointment during their open season.

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