Shoe Fairies Sip & Shop in Support of Program for People with Disabilities


Melissa is demonstrating her skills of balancing and stretching during our Ride For The Roses Student Horse Show in May with Honey the horse.


Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities the ability to interact with specially trained horses, will host the Shoe Fairies Sip & Shop on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Whispering Manes located at 6105 SW 125 Avenue. Participants can register at Tickets may be purchased in advance online for $40 at Ticket prices are $50 at the door. 

Attendees are invited to “Sip and Shop for a Cause”. Refreshments and light bites will be served as attendees shop local vendors and view fall fashions courtesy of Cocoa Couture. All guests will have the opportunity to meet the beautiful horses and tour the state of the art facility as they enjoy an amazing silent auction and entertainment by local artists. 

The Shoe Fairies Sip and Shop, chaired by Helen Picard, will engage our community in an effort to raise funds to support the equine-assisted activities program that benefits hundreds of affected children and adults. This is the fifth such event to support Whispering Manes. The 2018 event drew close to 225 attendees and raised more than $25,000 to support programs at Whispering Manes. 

“Shoe Fairies has become a really special event for Whispering Manes. Not only does it provide much needed financial support for the organization so that we can keep our fees as low as possible, but it has also become a very strong tie for us to the community. Shoe Fairies has helped more people learn about the work we do to support our neighbors with special needs and has allowed us to introduce people to the powerful human- horse bond as a therapeutic activity for those with physical, developmental, sensory, or emotional challenges” shares Dr. Erin Bauer, Executive Director of Whispering Manes. 

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission is to benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Through programs at Whispering Manes people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem. 

For more information about the Shoe Fairies Sip and Shop or to register or donate online, please visit 

Media Contacts: Carla Crossno, Committee Member,, 305.338.1735 Erin Bauer, DVM, Executive Director of Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, 305.596.4204 

Author’s Bio- Erin Bauer is the founding Executive Director of Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center. Dr. Bauer is a veterinarian who moved to Miami in 2004 and realized the need for an equine assisted activities program where people with special needs could go to interact with horses in a way that positively impacts both. In 2011 Dr. Bauer left small animal practice to open Whispering Manes with Nancy Hector, a local philanthropist. Dr. Bauer’s husband works at Southern Command. They have two children. 

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