Jimmy Torano Joins Give A Buck Special Equestrians Board

8/18/15

Internationally recognized trainer and competitive

Grand Prix rider, Jimmy Torano, has joined the Board of Directors of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, a Miami-based non-profit supporting children and veterans facing difficult physical and emotional life challenges.

Also the operator of JET Show Stables in Fort Lauderdale, Torano has been on the Grand Prix tour for more than fifteen years, having ridden in his first Grand Prix during the Winter Equestrian Festival in l989. Following his marriage to his wife Danielle, he spent several years building up his show barn, and is now regarded as one of the nation’s top importers of young and up and coming show jumpers equitation and hunter prospects.

A competitor in many World Cup Finals, Torano has collected numerous Grand Prix Wins across the country and won the highest hunter stakes class in the world in 2013— the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS Saugerties. This accomplished equestrian and regular analyst on show jumping telecasts, is also, a Big “R” judge, having judged many major classes.

“It is an honor to welcome Jimmy to our board. He is the ideal good-will ambassador for our organization and we are delighted that he is going to help use his resources to “give a leg up” as we guide Give a Buck and take our all volunteer organization to the next level,” says Sissy DeMaria, Founder of Give a Buck.

“We could not be more excited to have Jimmy help us share provide the resources to share the unique joys of horses – and horsemanship – with children and veterans who have physical, developmental or emotional disabilities,” says Dr. Heather Kuhl, Vice President and Co Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians.

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians was founded in July 2013 in Vero Beach, Florida by a small group of equine enthusiasts who believed in horse power that heals. A registered nonprofit in Florida Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations through its Fiscal Sponsor, The Coral Gables Community Foundation, a public charity under section 501(c)3.

Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows and through its annual fundraiser, the Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic and Gala. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17 are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds pa­tience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength. While grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well being.

Give a Buck has eight partnerships with therapeutic riding centers in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina including: Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (North Carolina), Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (Miami), Whispering Manes (Miami) Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (Vero Beach), Stable Place (Davie), Naples Equestrian Challenge and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (West Palm Beach).

About Give a Buck for Special Equestrians

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians was founded in July 2013 and is a registered nonprofit in Florida. Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations through its Fiscal Sponsor, The Coral Gables Community Foundation, a public charity under section 501(c)3. Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows. Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17 are the backbone of the organization providing ongoing support through hands on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising, and drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

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