By Dan Roark     When the rain finally came last week, it came in the middle of a lesson. When the thunder and lightning began, the riders reluctantly dismounted. Ordinarily, the volunteers get to ride after the lesson, but not that evening. But the disappointment gave way to joy when the rain actually began to fall and the temperature dropped.

Pictures by Cyndy Roark and Susan Altshuler.

The riders and volunteers hung out in the barn and education room. When most of the riders had gone, the volunteers and a rider enjoyed the coolness of the rain. As little as it’s rained this year, they had forgotten what it was like. And a chance to be silly on a school night was a major bonus.

Ride on and ride for hope.