NEWS AND EVENTS
HAPPI Farm is proud to receive a visit from our eldest guest, Elvira Torres who is 103 years old. Elvira was born in 1914 on a ranch where her parents worked in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras. While growing up with many horses and cattle, Elvira had the chore of taking care of the animals and milking the cows. Elvira told us her food intake has been all natural and she has now seen up to the fifth generation. Elvira currently lives in Miramar Florida with her daughter (photo left) and granddaughter (photo right).
HAPPI Farm is the only Horseback Riding Facility
in Broward County that offers a motor lift
to assist riders in mounting a horse!!!
A great big THANK YOU to Kim and Anita for donating Shade Tents
to keep our horses and participants out of the sun and rain!
By Howard Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Simmons beamed as she rode a chocolate-brown thoroughbred named Prince. “I love to be outside. I don’t want to be inside, all cooped up,” Simmons told the Miami Herald nearly three years ago as her visit with Prince in Southwest Ranches came to a bittersweet close. Simmons, then 50, had multiple sclerosis. As she mounted the horse for her thrice-weekly rides at Horse and Petting Pal Interaction (HAPPI), a nonprofit that helps those with special needs interact with animals, the rejuvenating ride required the aid of several volunteers to boost her atop the horse — not an easy, and a risky, endeavor. Soon after Simmons’ story ran in a holiday season Wish Book feature in the Miami Herald in January 2014, a reader donated a $4,800 automatic mechanical lift from Advanced
Mobility to help her mount Prince safely. Sadly, Simmons never got to use the device. Simmons died two months later, in March 2014, of complications from MS before volunteers at HAPPI could install the casing for the lift. But in April this year, Marie Lim, the farm’s executive director, shared some good news with the Herald’s Wish Book coordinator, Roberta DiPietro. The lift was installed, dedicated to Simmons, and christened on the farm by Joanne Postis, another Wish Book recipient. Postis uses a walker because of MS and through Wish Book was sent to North Carolina to further her training in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning. The lift helped her ride the horses at HAPPI. “Now I can invite our students in wheelchairs who are unable to be lifted onto the horse by hand,” Lim wrote to DiPietro. “Most definitely Lisa is looking down on us and definitely smiling because she just loved to ride.”