Megan Sundeen has learned from experience how horses can help people.
It was her own family experience that led to the start of her first horse therapy program in 2012, then she developed Sundance for Our Soldiers (SOS) in 2016 which she offers at little or no cost to military and to their families.
The SOS program also includes first responders, healthcare workers, teachers and young people.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, there will be a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday, May 18 at the new SOS location, Belezaire Horse Farm, 13081 North 2550th Ave., Geneseo, (five miles north on Illinois Route 82).
The event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include photos with horses, questions and answers about horse therapy, refreshments and relaxation. More information is available at www.sundanceforoursoldiers.org or by calling 309-945-7257.
Additionally, SOS has been invited by the Geneseo Park District to be included in the current summer camp program to be held at Park District Athletic Field on North St.
For more information about Park District Summer Camp, contact the Park District at 309-944-5695.
Sundeen said, “We will begin taking the miniature horses to camp on June 7 and will visit camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August 4. To help fund the program, we applied for and received a $15,000 grant from the Geneseo Foundation.”