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2014-08-07

Triple H honors volunteers & friends

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Triple H Equitherapy of Pipe Creek hosted its Hearts of Triple H Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, July 24, at Kronkosky Place in Boerne. The event saluted Triple H's many volunteers and a number of special friends of the nonprofit organization. Triple H has been dedicated to providing equine therapy for children and adults with disabilities since 1995.
Honorees and staff enjoyed mixing and mingling over appetizers and dinner featuring chicken cordon bleu served with fresh, steamed and roasted vegetables catered by the Kronkosky Place kitchen staff.
Volunteer Coordinator Keisha Laughy emceed the program, sharing heart-warming and humorous tidbits about each of the honorees.
Among those receiving awards were: Volunteer of the Year, Penny Phillips; Volunteer Couple of the Year, Brenda and Jeff Sellers and also Brant and Susan Powell; Volunteer Mother and Daughter of the Year, Kim and Sandy Clarkin and Volunteer Brother and Sister of the Year, David and Jennie Weaver.
Several individuals and groups received recognition as Special Friends of the Year, including Barbara Berlin; Carolyn B. Edwards, staff writer, Bandera County Courier; and The GVTC Foundation.
Named Equestrian of the Year was Samuel DeRousse who was presented with his very own riding helmit, appropriately decorated with Longhorn decals, since his family allegedly bleeds burnt orange.
Volunteers and clients of Triple H had no argument with the winner of the Horse of the Year award - Bo - a perennial favorite for decades. Bo, a quarterhorse, apparently failed at every usual and expected activity of registered quarterhorses, until he got an opportunity to be a therapy horse. Could he speak, Bo would no doubt advise us all to "keep on keeping on" until we eventually find our niche for service.
Each honoree received a gorgeous metal art piece that portrayed the main activity of the Triple H arena - a client on horseback assisted by a couple of sidewalkers - framed by a scarlet heart forming a backdrop. The awards were made possible by a generous donation from Esther Benedict, Esther Benedict Sculptures.
The professional staff of Triple H, working with trained volunteers, serves clients from Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Kerr and Medina counties. Those who love horses and helping others, should visit, triple-h.org for more information about volunteering or donating.