The Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma is a truly wonderful organization that more people should know about and lend their support to.
At its annual fundraiser dinner, the Giant Steps Charity Classic Gala, sponsored by Gucci, guests attended a presentation where they were able to see firsthand the life-changing impact the organization’s therapeutic programs have had on the people it serves — children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, who through the therapy offered by the Center are now able to ride and walk as never before. It was an experience that moved most to tears.
“One of the things I’m most grateful for is when I come to work often I get to see the miracles that Giant Steps does for its riders every day,” says Ashley Herman, who owns Sonoma Horse Park, where Giant Steps is housed.
“Whether it’s helping an eight-year-old boy learn to walk, whom they said would never walk, or someone who came to Giant Steps non-verbal, and watching her ride around on a horse yelling and yelling the horses’ names and colors… and laughing,” she says, “For all its riders, Giant Steps is more than therapy, it’s a sanctuary, and for many of them it’s a lifeline.”
Now in its fifth year, Giant Steps Charity Classic showcases top equestrians from up-and-coming junior riders to some of our nation’s best. The 2014 edition of Giant Steps Charity Classic provided prize money to over $140,000 in its competitions, ending with the $40,000 Shaklee Grand Prix. Proceeds from the whole event benefited the programs at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
Who Was There…
Roger Barnett and Sloan Barnett (in Gucci), Vanessa Getty (in Gucci), Christina Getty, Noureen DeWulf and Ryan Miller, Zem Joaquin (in Gucci), Ransome Ronbauer, Maggie Grace, David Shimmon and Mary Beth Shimmon (in Gucci), Lonna Wais and Jack Mettler, Geoff Yang, Gina Pell, Carly Bechtel, Dede Helfond, Helen McEvoy, and others.
Legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once remarked that “Tailors, hatmakers and bootmakers alike know that men and women will never look as good as they do in riding gear.” There is nothing haphazard about the equestrian world and its style, she added. “It is not a theatrical world: one dresses down to perfection.”
Today there is no better way to reach that equestrian perfection than with pieces from Gucci’s marvelous Equestrian Collection, available for both men and women.
As the presenting sponsor of the Giant Steps Charity Classic for the second year, Gucci created a special pop-up shop a the event to present the collection to all the chic equestrians… and those of us who just want to dress like them!The Gucci Equestrian Collection is available at www.gucci.com/us/category/u/equestrian or inquire at Gucci, 240 Stockton Street, San Francisco.