Arlington International Racecourse is famed for the thoroughbreds that race duing the summer season, but now miniature horses will be also visiting the park, according to a media announcement emailed on April 28, 2014. Arlington Park will be hosting miniature therapy horses from Mane in Heaven at a special event on May 1 and on select Sunday Family Days during the summer.
Mane in Heaven is a volunteer organization that takes its four minature horses on the road to visit people who might benefit from therapeutic interaction with the small horses. Miniature horses may be as small as a large dog and can offer a comforting presence to those who pet their coats and brush their manes. The Mane in Heaven website offers information about these delightful creatures. Pictures of the minis are also on the Mane in Heaven site.
Arlington Park is teaming up with the Mane in Heaven organization for a number of events during the track’s 2014 meeting. The racetrack opens for the season on Friday, May 2. Arlington’s partnership with Mane In Heaven will begin with a special event at Thompson Center in Chicago on Thursday, May 1, sure to surprise and delight its audience.
Mane In Heaven minis will also be present on select Sunday Family Days presented by the Daily Herald when that weekly promotion begins Memorial Day weekend. They will also participate in Arlington’s event at U. S. Cellular Field, in Chicago, on Monday, Aug. 4 when the Chicago White Sox host the Texas Rangers.
Mane in Heaven, based in Palatine, is a non-profit volunteer organization which provides animal-assisted activity and therapy visits with miniature horses. Therapeutic interactions are a source of joy, healing, emotional connection and unconditional love for all that encounter the amazing registered therapy minis.
“Mane In Heaven is pleased to be teaming up with Arlington on these events,” said Jodie Diegel, founder and executive director of the organization. “Arlington International Racecourse is the perfect venue to help us spread our message about animal-assisted activity and therapy which provides improved outcomes of physical, mental and emotional well-being for numerous area people of all ages.”
“Featuring Mane In Heaven’s miniature horses at our events is part of Arlington’s on-going commitment to community relations,” said Howard Sudberry, Arlington’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. “It is wonderful to see the joy in the faces of all those helped by the hard-working volunteers at Mane In Heaven.”
Mane In Heaven is a recognized 501©(3)non-profit organization that provides therapeutic benefits to disabled and able-bodied children and adults through animal-assisted activity and therapy visits with miniature horses leading to improved outcomes of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Arlington International Racecourse is at 2200 W. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights, east of the intersection of Rt. 53 and Euclid. Arlington Heights is about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. Metra offers rail service to Arlington Park.