|Barbara's Ellen Ries ~ Advocate Award
|2006 © Barbara Ries
August 12th 2006
Dear Friends of Sweet
I would like to take the
opportunity to honor a very special person. BARBARA ELLEN RIES has been a timeless Sweet Adeline
advocate for the past 4 years.
Barbara was in the barn on November 10, 2002
when the tornado destroyed Serendipity Stables. Sweet Adeline saved her
life, and Barbara, in return, has given 100% effort to promote her
best friend-- Sweet Adeline!
Within the past week several of Barbara's
promotions have come to pass. Most important is that the Ohio Veterinary Medical
Association has named Sweet Adeline
“Outstanding Horse Hero and Outstanding Animal.”
list of activities which Barbara has set into motion in honor of Sweet Adeline
is endless. We are so thankful for Barbara's devotion to Outstanding Sweet
Adeline. Serendipity Stables will be honoring
Barbara on Saturday, August 12, following Sweet Adeline’s award
ceremony for outstanding advocate. Thank you and Congratulations,
Barbara Ellen Ries
Sincerely, M. Davis. August .Stable Newsletter. 2006
Horse that has helped others now needs
By MIKE HARDEN ©2006 The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper
of Sweet Adeline would disagree with the dopey lyrics of the theme song of the old sitcom Mister Ed. Sometimes a horse is
not just a horse. "Sweet Adeline saved my life," said Barbara Ries, of the West Side.
The saga of the 4-year-old appaloosa
mare is writ large with healing, heroism and hurt - in that order.
In November 2002, Ries was with Sweet Adeline in
a barn near the Union County village of York Center when a tornado struck.
Adeline, at the time, was one of the younger
steeds at Serendipity Stables, a 20-year-old organization that is home to several horses that work with children who have
emotional and behavioral problems.
"Adeline has worked with autistic children," said Serendipity's founder, Michele
Davis. "She has worked with children with ADD and behavioral problems."
When the twister struck two autumns ago, many
believe that the healing horse became a hero.
Thirteen people were in the barn with Adeline. "They tried to run and
get out of the barn and escape," Davis said. "If they had made it outside, their chances of getting killed would have been
"Adeline held them there."
Essentially, the horse shepherded the small group against a wall which,
after the storm, was the only wall left standing.
"She wanted us all to stay right next to her," Ries recalled. "She
risked her life."
Two of Davis' most-experienced healing horses were killed. As for Adeline, Davis said, "she had a
puncture wound on her stomach so large I could put my fist in it. There were big cleft marks all the way down her spine from
where she had been hit by flying debris."
The horse recovered and, ultimately, returned to her work with troubled
Recently, though, another storm struck Serendipity.
Adeline was in the barn at the time. Unsettled
by the hammering hail and the thunder, the mare either slammed her right rear leg against the side of a stall or, possibly,
was kicked when another horse panicked.
Whatever the case, her leg was fractured, and ligaments were torn at the hock,
which corresponds to the human ankle joint. The veterinarian who reviewed X-rays of the break and the bone chips said it looked
like the leg had been hit with a sledge hammmer.
On Monday, Adeline was taken to Galbreath Equine Center at Ohio State
"We had no idea the injuries were so immense," Davis said.
"In general," said Dr. Richard Bednarski,
director of the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, "the prognosis is very poor. The hock is just really screwed
Surgery is set for Tuesday, but Bednarski is not optimistic.
"It will be a miracle if this surgery is
successful in returning the horse to normal function," he said. "But people have said that this is a miracle horse and that
if any horse is due a miracle, this one is - simply for what she's done and the life she's lived."
But the problem
is compounded by money woes.
The surgery is expected to cost $5,000 to $8,000, Bednarski said. The hospital has agreed
to knock $2,000 off the cost if Davis can raise $2,000 before the surgery, he said.
Davis has poured most of her money
into the costs of rebuilding that were not covered by insurance. She hopes friends of Adeline will help.
for broke on this one," she said. "Adeline has really done her best for the two-legged, and so now we're hoping that some
of them will give back to her."
Mike Harden is a Dispatch Metro columnist. He was a great fan of Sweet Adeline and
made his transition in 2012.
Special thanks to the Columbus Dispatch for use Mike Harden's article.
Barbara Ellen Ries @2006