Cassidy's Cause is a therapeutic riding center, giving riding lessons to individuals with disabilities from cerebral palsy to downs syndrome to autism, ages 4 to 51. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Angie Falconite, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the organization about the Corvettes on the River fundraising event this weekend in Paducah.
Cassidy's Cause started in 2014 with 16 riders and now serves approximately 50 riders each week. Falconite says there was a need to help individuals grow and develop self-esteem and trust. Dara Triplett is the mother of Cassidy, a 9-year old girl who passed away. She had a love for horses and her mother has a love for teaching, so this evolved into Cassidy's Cause.
"It's pretty amazing to watch the bond between our riders and our horses... to see the interactions with them and to see the horse be so calm and gentle and loving and make our riders so comfortable and to love them regardless of what their disability is, is really amazing."
They have a strict criteria for horses, with good manners and a great foundation. All of their horses have been donated.
The 14th Annual Corvettes on the River features over 200 Corvettes, judged in categories. This is the second year they've picked Cassidy's Cause as an organization in the region to support with donations raised. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, free with donations accepted at the door. They raised $11,000 last year.