Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship

Volunteers, horses bring joy in the face of challenges
{From Southeast Missourian, February 8, 2016}

A very special THANK YOU to the golfers and sponsors (below) for the First Annual Doctors vs Lawyers Golf Tournament, on Friday June 3rd at Cape Girardeau County Country Club. We greatly appreciate the support for MVTH.


Thank You to Southeast Missouri’s Generous Community of Charitable Community Organizations, Businesses and Volunteers!

Our Community came together in 2016 to keep Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship’s center and grounds, located in Oak Ridge, maintained, safe and ready to assist those in Southeast Missouri living with the challenges of disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

Tractor Delivery Day, Nov. 29, 2016!  Pictured (L to R) David Sax, Operations Manager of Heuer Sons Implement Co., Inc. of Cape Girardeau and therapeutic rider Amelia L seated on MVTH’s new 2016 Massey Ferguson 2606H tractor, MVTH Program Director Varina Luttrull, independent riding program rider Karen Snead, therapeutic rider Eddie Coffey, volunteer Darrell Schuette, MVTH  Grounds & Maintenance caretaker Paul Kembel, Jackson Jaycees Foundation, Inc. member Brent Wills, volunteer Doris Jost, Jackson Jaycees Foundation, Inc. member Gary Lange, MVTH Board Vice President Jim Jost, Jackson Jaycees Foundation Inc. member Donnie Glueck, MVTH Board President Lorri Rothert, and Jackson Jaycees Foundation Inc. member Gary Kamp. Photo credit, Lisa Brown.

  After over 10 years serving the disabled community in Southeast Missouri while relying on dedicated volunteers to fill the many gaps with their time and resources to meet its grounds maintenance needs, and many months of research, financial and budget analysis, shopping, and communicating its needs and budgetary requirements to numerous businesses and other charitable organizations in Southeast Missouri, MVTH was able to end 2016 with its first purchase of a new tractor! 
   The Jackson Jaycees Charitable Foundation, Inc. has been a long-time supporter of MVTH, and was able to make an incredibly generous donation for over half the purchase price of the new tractor in the amount of $15,000.  In addition, Heuer Sons Implement Co., Inc. of Cape Girardeau worked closely throughout the process with MVTH, going above and beyond to meet its needs while keeping costs reduced to a minimum, as well as repairing older equipment free of charge to make sure it would continue to work well with the new tractor for many years to come.  Finally, many volunteers and other local businesses gave financial assistance and countless hours researching, shopping, advising and negotiating to make it possible for MVTH to acquire the new tractor. 
   Thanks to all the generous donors, business and supporters, the staff and many volunteers of MVTH can continue focus on our mission:  to keep those in our community living with the challenges of disabilities benefiting from therapeutic horseback riding.

Dave Sax of Heuer Sons Implement Co. Inc. provides a hands-on introduction for the best use and maintenance of the new Massey Ferguson 2606H tractor.  Photo credit Lisa Brown.