Panther Creek celebrated their 10th annual Denim & Diamonds Gala, themed “Rise Up & Build,” on Saturday, September 29. Held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, this year’s gala brought in approximately 600 attendees and raised nearly $490,000 to advance Inspiration Ranch’s two outstanding equine programs, Therapeutic Riding and H.E.A.R.T (Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy). Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch relies entirely on volunteer support, corporate and foundation partnerships, grants and individual gifts.
ExxonMobil was honored for their outstanding commitment to both Inspiration Ranch and exceptional volunteerism. Neil W. Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Production Company, accepted the award on their behalf.
Inspiration Ranch is a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), which breaks down barriers and celebrates the inclusion of individuals with physical, emotional and social disabilities. Classes are led by PATH Intl.-Certified Equine Instructors, who collaborate with mental health professionals, learning professionals and community volunteers. The equine therapeutic program, one of only 272 accredited riding centers in the United States, operates on 15-acres of land off Glen Loch Drive, just south of The Woodlands in Spring, TX. Inspiration Ranch currently has 15 therapy horses, 70 riders per week requiring 100 committed volunteers to assist weekly and over 40 children on the waitlist.