Equine Professor Named 'Community Partner'

WILMORE, Ky. — Longtime faculty member and Wilmore mayor Harold Rainwater '69 has been named “Community Partner of the Year” for 2013-2014 by the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC).

Asbury University Equine
Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater has taught at Asbury for more than 40 years.

The award recognizes Rainwater’s efforts to serve students of The Providence School and All God’s Children who are in the care and custody of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Providence School in Wilmore, Ky., is a non-traditional alternative for middle- and high-school students who struggled with traditional schools, and All God’s Children in Nicholasville, Ky., is a local nonprofit organization that provides care, treatment and education to emotionally and behaviorally troubled, pregnant and/or parenting teens and their children.

"One of the reasons Harold received this award is that our Equine program at Asbury University is all about service,” said Asbury University Provost Jon Kulaga. “We train service horses, in order to train our students. Both horse and student come out of the program as ‘servant leaders.’ So it is no surprise that the leader of our Equine program would be recognized in such a significant way as an exemplary community partner. However, what needs to be said, and said clearly, is that the reason our Equine program is all about service is because it's led by Harold Rainwater."

Asbury University’s Equine programs, which Rainwater directs, include both academic and therapeutic applications. For example, students at The Providence School may take up to four electives at the Equine Center: stable management, equine management, EAGALA equine therapy and a work-study course for top students.

“The privilege of impacting young lives and the stewardship of experience is an awesome opportunity God has given us at the Equine Center,” Rainwater said. “Investing in these young people may make a difference in their choices in life, and horses tend to be a remarkable tool. For some of these young people, our equine center becomes a focus for them to stay in school. For others, the opportunity to be around horses for the first time shows them potential vocational choices.”

Rainwater will be honored at an awards luncheon in July during the 13th annual Alternative Strategies for Educating Students At Risk conference in Frankfort.

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