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Help Reins of Life change lives at Nov. 2 benefit

10/15/2019 11:28AM ● By J. Chambless

Reins of Life in Landenberg accomplishes plenty of little miracles through its therapeutic horseback riding program, but bringing the joy of riding to people facing life challenges requires plenty of support.

Reins of Life launched its therapeutic riding program in 1993, becoming one of the first of its kind in Chester County. The facility on Crestwood Road in Landenberg serves children and adults with special needs, as well as life challenges. Participants never age out of the riding program.

For 26 years, Reins of Life has worked to achieve physical development, socialization and learning through equine activities and riding, as well as instill a sense of success, confidence and accomplishment in riders. Therapeutic horseback riding is available to children, young adults, and adults with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, spinal bifida, as well as developmental delays.

Reins of Life also offers riding to children, young adults, and adults who are struggling with life challenges such as grief, depression, trauma or anxiety, as well as those dealing with the loss of a family member, pet, friend, a difficult situation at school, or social skills issues.

There’s also a sibling riding program, in which siblings can experience the thrill of horseback riding together, when other physical activities may not be suitable.

On Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., the community is invited to help support Reins of Life at the 2019 Mane Event, held at Deerfield Country Club in Newark, Del. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres; beer, wine and soft drinks; and a sit-down dinner. There will be a cash bar for mixed drinks.

Pianist Michael Marini will perform, and there will be both live and silent auctions of items and experiences, including a European vacation package.

Tickets are $85 per person, or $90 at the door ($160 per couple in advance, and $180 per couple at the door). For tickets and more information, call 610-274-3300 or visit