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Giving back to the community - Bright Star Equestrian Centre

In September, at the Illinois Women in Leadership annual symposium Erin met Bright Star Equestrian Center executive director, Dana Ingle. Now she is volunteering for the non-profit and serves as the relationship manager on the board of directors. Giving back to the community is very important to Erin, as she explains in her latest blog.  

Prior to meeting Dana, I had never heard of Bright Star or equine assisted therapy. This chance meeting allowed me the opportunity to learn about a program that is greatly improving our community. 

I believe that giving back and teaching our children to help others is vital in order to grow a positive community and to move where we want to be in the future. Bright Star helps people with special needs and those recovering from emotional trauma improve physically, mentally, and emotionally through encounters with horses in a safe and supportive environment. I listened to stories of both children and adults who had been impacted and I just knew I needed to be involved.

I’m fortunate to be able to help at Bright Star and I’m hoping to make a huge impact so that the organization can grow and reach more people.

I’ve taken my daughters out to meet the horses and my oldest is now looking forward to volunteering as well. In addition, Bright Star is hosting monthly fundraisers that include country line dancing, so I plan to get everyone, including my husband, out on the floor dancing.

There are so many people in our community that could benefit from Bright Star’s services. If you would like more information about the organization please contact me at (217) 679-1043 or visit

By Erin Gutzman

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