Ariat Honors Volunteers Who Change the Lives of Horses

Ariat Honors Volunteers Who Change the Lives of Horses

By Lynn Coakley, Equus Foundation 

Torrie Ward, Marion Kerviche, Christine Remy, Patti Simpson, and Lynn Turek are being honored by Ariat International for their volunteer service on behalf of horse welfare. Each will receive a pair of Ariat boots. Ariat sponsors the EQUUS Foundation's Champions program which is dedicated to inspiring and rewarding equine service. 

Torrie Ward is with Copper Horse Crusade of Cambridge, Ohio, an equine charity focused on saving slaughter bound horses.

Marion Kerviche is with Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center of Augusta Michigan, which provides equine therapy to clients of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.

Lynn Turek is an equine artist and volunteer at DreamCatcher Horse Ranch Rescue Center in Clermont, Florida.

Patti Simpson is on the Board of Directors at Redemption Road Rescue in Jackson, Tennessee. Originally from England, Patti Simpson attended one of the top equine training facilities where she obtained the British Horse Society Instructors Certificate and went on to manage several equine barns throughout Southern England.

Patti moved to the United States in 1978 where she held positions of ownership and upper management in the hospitality and technology industries. Settling in Tennessee, Patti volunteered for Saddle Up!, an equine therapy facility based in Franklin, and was instrumental to expanding its operations as Board President. 

Patti's move to Jackson, Tennessee in 2013 also brought her to Redemption Road Rescue. She serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary, handles the bookkeeping, does barn chores and helps with special events. “Seeing the transformation in the equines that arrive is my reward!” she said.

Christine Remy is a volunteer and Board of Directors Chair at The Right Step in Littleton, Colorado.
The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002. Find more information at:

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