Rainbow Riding instructor nominated for Excellence Award.

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Haymarket, VA.   Jen Handy, a resident of Warrenton,  is nominated for the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award.  Presentations and awards will be made December 12 at the GWCC Awards Dinner.

Said Executive  Director Debi Alexander, “Jen is one of Rainbow’s outstanding instructors!  She teaches in our Mane Experience Program, serving high school students from Forest Park and Hylton High in Woodbridge, Virginia; our Wounded Warriors @ Rainbow program, serving recuperating service personnel residing at Walter Reed Hospital; our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy summer camps and in private lessons.  Jen is certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemen (PATH) and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning (EAGALA).”


To best understand Jen’s nomination, listen to what her parents say about her:


“Jen has a unique ability to understand my children and their abilities. She’s great with them and let’s them try new, challenging things to see how far they can go/reach their full potential. My kids love her, and seeing my son and daughter proudly riding the horses brings tears to my eyes. Jen’s a terrific teacher and we couldn’t be happier with her!”


-Diana Kelley (Warrrenton, VA)


Rick and I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the caring and patient way that Jen has worked with Danielle. Her level of commitment and compassion is a real tribute to the quality of person she is and certainly reflects well on the Rainbow Organization. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then there are many that would benefit tremendously from modeling the behavior and caring she demonstrates. Our thanks to Jen for a job well done, she is truly making a difference.”


— Rick and Sally Ducharme (Haymarket, VA)


“Jennifer has either been one of our grandson’s instructors during several sessions of The Mane Experience, a group of Special Needs students from Forest Park High School, or instructed Nicholas individually during a recently concluded, eight-week private lesson series.


During both of these events, Jennifer has impressed us as always being focused on ensuring her students, whether that be the High School group, or Nicholas, individually, receive a well- organized and sequenced learning experience.


We know that Jennifer has been a school teacher and her knowledge of establishing what we are familiar with as being “instructional objectives” well transferred from that venue to the Rainbow context. That was particularly impressive and appreciated by us!  Jennifer was always very prepared, and prompt in beginning the sessions with Nicholas.


Jennifer has established good rapport with Nicholas and he always looks forward to her friendly, helpful attitude and smile.  We support Debi Alexander’s nomination of Jennifer Handy for an award.  She is deserving of recognition, and, is a valuable asset to Rainbow.”


— Nick Londino (Woodbridge, VA)


About Rainbow Center.  Rainbow is a non-profit located in Haymarket, VA that serves children, teens and adults with disabilities. A vital Community Partner with the Prince William County Extension Office, Rainbow has been operating in Prince William County since 1984 and is a proud member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Haymarket Gainesville Business Association, Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.  The Mane Experience, funded by Potomac Health Foundation serves children from Prince William County Public Schools since 2011.  Rainbow Center participates in the United Way, # 8958.


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