Black Tie Benefit Gala at the Wild Rose Inn

Between Horses and Humans is about to benefit from the generosity and kindness of the Wild Rose Inn and supporters old and new.  The First Annual Black Tie Benefit Gala will be held this weekend at the Wild Rose Inn in Genoa, Nevada.

Wild Rose InnDave and Jeannette Bostedt have been the owners and innkeepers of the Wild Rose Inn since February 2013.  They are experts at servicing their guests’ needs in their modern Victorian Bed & Breakfast nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  While their guests are out enjoying the beauty of the Carson Valley including golf, skiing, hiking, or soaking in mineral hot springs, Dave and Jeannette are making sure home comforts are waiting upon their return.

Jeannette’s daughter Sierra was busy pursuing her education at The Academy of Arts in San Francisco while Dave and Jeannette grew their Inn to what it is today.  As business owners, Dave and Jeannette were naturally involved in their local community of Genoa, Nevada. When Sierra recently returned from San Francisco to pursue an Anthropology degree at the University of Nevada – Reno, she and Jeannette wanted to get involved in the local community together.  They wanted to find a non-profit they believed in, one that touched their heart and spoke to their values.  Jeannette loves the concept of leadership: she has been involved with leadership and education her whole life (she’s held senior positions in education and training in the medical device and health service industries).

After conducting their research and considering several organizations to support, the mother-daugher team discovered Between Horses and Humans (BHH) during a showcase for CASA members.  318946_176918009050492_2018583905_nThey saw the BHH program’s youth working with the horses, saw Ruth and Greg’s beautiful friesians, and spoke at length with Barbara Slade, BHH President.  They quickly realized their values aligned with those of BHH, and were very excited at the prospect of supporting the program.

Sierra, Jeannette and Dave subsequently attended several other BHH events including the annual fall fundraiser in October 2015.  Realizing the fantastic resource they had available in the Wild Rose Inn, the family decided they wanted to contribute to the future of the program by hosting a different kind of fundraiser: one that would attract new interest.  The Black Tie Benefit Gala was born.

This Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6pm the first annual Black Tie Benefit Gala for Between Horses and Humans will be held at the Wild Rose Inn, 2332 Main Street, Genoa, Nevada.  Friends and family of Between Horses and Humans, The Wild Rose Inn, Jeannette and Dave Bostedt, Sierra, Ruth Page and Greg Walsh, Maddi’s Friesian Ranch, and leadership, horsemanship, lives changed, and hearts healed will gather for a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and dancing to the sounds of Mixed Company.  The evening will include fun auctions and events including a “fund a need” action, painting auction, and a unique opportunity to “unlock” and take home a wine collection.

The Benefit Gala will be an elegant, fun-filled way to support the youth of Douglas County and the surrounding area while experiencing the beauty and comfort of the Wild Rose Inn.  Purchase your tickets for this event here.  If you are unable to attend please consider making a donation through the ticket purchase link.  Thank you for your support of Between Horses and Humans – lives changed, hearts healed.

The Student Experience

When students enter the gates of Maddi’s Friesian Ranch they enter a sanctuary for the soul. There is none of the shouting, yelling, dominance, belittling, being ignored, or feeling inconsequential that many students feel in their homes or lives.  As the automatic gates close behind each vehicle, those undesirable elements are left behind, and the student enters a world where they are valued, cherished, respected, and invested in.

Students begin the program with hands-on experiences from Day 1.  They are taught safety – horses are large, powerful animals with very hard hooves and a lot of weight on top of those hooves should you be stepped on or kicked.  Yet injuries are rare.  Students quickly realize they have the power to avoid injury by making wise choices.

Between Horses and Humans is a far cry from a riding school.  Students learn all facets of caring for horses including grooming, feeding, cleaning hooves, equine massage, treating bumps and scrapes, and being on the lookout for injuries and problems requiring medical attention.  They work with many different horses to understand how each one is unique, and to broaden their skills and experiences.  Learning to care for a horse makes students aware of the importance of grooming and caring for themselves too.

IMG_4689Each lesson typically consists of part grooming and care, part riding.  It is magical to watch a tiny student mount a seemingly giant horse, their silhouette pasted against the scenic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near the Carson Valley.  It is amazing how quickly nerves fade, and the connection between horse and rider takes over.  With skilled and gently guiding instructors never far away, students experience – many of them for the first time in their lives – the feeling that they are completely in charge of the decisions they make.  The only co-dependencies that are welcome in the program are those between the horse and rider.  Students knowing they can guide a horse translates into knowing they can guide themselves through the maze of life’s choices.

Between Horses and Humans nurtures a special bond between horse and student.  They come to understand each other in unique ways: each has a relationship with the other that they don’t share with anyone else.  They develop mutual understanding, respect, and care.  Through that relationship transformations happen.  One smile, pat, nudge, ride, command, success, failure, choice, consequence, hug, lick, and nuzzle at a time changes lives and heals hearts.

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Leadership through Horsemanship; Lives Changed, Hearts Healed


Between Horses and Humans provides Douglas County, Nevada and the surrounding area youth a safe and fun place to learn leadership and life skills through horsemanship. The program is a 100% donation funded non-profit program that pairs able-bodied children and youth ages 8 to 26 with equine partners: children who need help with self esteem, anger, aggression or emotional issues.  The program’s goals are to have happy children and horses with self esteem, confidence,  patience, trust, and kindness.

The skills being taught provide a way for the students to approach life’s challenges and questions, helping them feel more secure in their decisions, building their self-esteem, helping to create positive attitudes and helping them embrace life with more confidence.  They feel connected to the horses and other students, learning how to value, honor and respect horses and humans in ways they hadn’t imagined.  They develop horsemanship skills, leadership skills and social skills, but most importantly, they will become inspired leaders and generous of heart.

Because of the program’s generous donors ALL activities are FREE to participants so no one excluded.

072The classes and workshops are fun and educational.  Participants develop through specific leadership courses, six-week private courses, half and full day workshops, and seminars.  A variety of methodologies are utilized, combining hands-on ground exercises, equine body work and riding, along with workshops and seminars, to accomplish the mission of “providing youth a place to learn leadership and life skills through horsemanship.”  Instructors are primarily volunteers who have a heart for service, horses, and improving the lives of children.

Students are selected to participate in the program by the Board of Directors, and come to the program by referral from social service organizations, public and private schools, educators, counselors, parents, foster parents, and other individuals. They have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences from abuse to behavioral issues to difficulty adjusting to divorce, foster or adoptive homes other life-altering events.

Programs encourage students to understand and develop a working relationship with the horses.  Students are encouraged to explore what works and doesn’t work in their relationships with their horses: they have the freedom of experimentation, enjoying success, experiencing failure, and being empowered to make their own decisions. They learn to come from the heart and to build a partnership with their equine partner rather than dominate and control them.

On average, the program positively impacts the lives of 80 children per year.  An incredibly generous gesture from Ruth Page and Greg Walsh in 2013 provided the use of Maddi’s Friesian Ranch at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to house the program’s horses and to host the program.  The Ranch is the largest friesian breeding operation in north America. The facility provides stables, an arena, a round pen, and open pastures where children can work with the horses.  Between Horses and Humans owns two well-trained and loving horses and has the privilege of using several privately-owned horses generously provided by their owners.  You’re invited to read more about our horses.

Between Horses and Humans is a valuable program facilitating real change in the lives of local youth.  The horses, volunteers, generous donors of both money and resources, referral sources, Board of Directors, and program participants form a community of love, support, and change.  Be a part of the community today – read our blog, donate, or leave a comment.  Heck, do all three!

Thank You to Ruth Page and Greg Walsh

Ruth Page and Greg Walsh opened their hearts and home to Between Horses and Humans in the fall of 2013. Since that time, I have had to pinch myself several times over. For all of us involved in the Between Horses and Humans program, from students to instructors, the move to Maddi’s Friesian Ranch in Gardnerville, NV is a dream come true!

It is so rare to meet people who are genuinely “real and true”, so unconditionally generous, kind, helpful and truly involved in: “Changing Lives and Healing Hearts.”

Maddi’s Friesian Ranch started in 2007 and is the largest Friesian breeder in North America. KFPS (the registry in Holland) has named Maddi’s Friesian Ranch as the number one breeder in North America every year since the award started in 2012!

Located in Gardnerville, Nevada, Maddi’s Friesian Ranch sits at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – just a few minutes away from the south side of Lake Tahoe. Our program horses have 177 acres and plenty of pasture area so they can get out and be horses!

Everyone who is a part of Between Horses and Humans would like to thank Ruth Page and Greg Walsh. We wish them all the success with their breeding operation that they have brought to Between Horses and Humans!

With much appreciation,

Barbara Slade