Amy Rudick isn’t your average fifth-grader. The 11-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens struggled along with her family to afford riding lessons. She cashed in some savings bonds and was finally able to start riding and showing about two years ago. Most kids would have been satisfied with that accomplishment, but Rudick couldn’t stop thinking of all the other kids who wanted to ride but didn’t have the financial ability. She proposed an idea to her parents to start a nonprofit to provide riding lessons to deserving children with financial need. With the support of family and friends, For the Love of Riding, Inc. (4theluv.org) was born in late 2012.
“I’ve always been involved with animals,” Rudick said. “Horses give back what you give to them. They always bring a smile to my face. I feel very connected to horses.”
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Amy Bower Doucette writes about the equestrian communities for Neighborhood Post. Send mail to 2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Call 561-820-4763, fax 561-837-8320. email@example.com