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The no-see-ums numbered 100 to 1 at the Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding's Johns Island farm on Sunday night, but the bugs did little to deter the cozy crowd that turned out in support of the In the Company of Horses fundraising dinner.

CATR was founded in 1991 and serves more than 130 people—adults and children—every year. Certified riding instructors, physical therapists, doctors, special education teachers, and trained volunteers work together to provide a sensory, cognitive, and emotionally stimulating experience for people with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, and more. In addition to private therapy, CATR also provides therapy for special education students from local public schools. Although the cost of each lesson is $120, CATR uses donations to offset the cost, and riders are only charged a fourth of the fee. The 

 

The Donna Huges Band played bluegrass tunes, while Barry Waldrop served a feast of southern staples—mac and cheese, lima beans, banana pudding, and so much more! Guests mingled amid the horse stalls, where a silent auction offered items such as a pair of vintage cowboy boots and equestrian-themed art.

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