Ameritas Helps Fund Lovelane Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Ameritas, a financial services company in Lincoln, Neb., awarded a $20,000 grant to the Weston High School Reunion Fund to support the work of Lovelane Equestrian Therapy, a therapeutic horseback riding program that was founded in Weston, Mass.
The grant is a part of the Lester A. Rosen Humanitarian and Achievement Award given annually by Ameritas to one of the company’s independent financial representatives who has achieved great professional success while maintaining a high level of commitment to community service. The Rosen Award recipient in 2017 was Steve Bruneau, CLU, CFP, of Boston 128 Companies, an independent financial services firm, for his commitment to his hometown of Weston.
Each Rosen Award recipient directs the $20,000 Ameritas grant to a charity of his or her choice. Bruneau asked that his grant go to the Weston High School Reunion Fund, a nonprofit created by his graduating class of 1971 to celebrate its 50th reunion.
Bruneau’s Rosen Award grant, combined with funds donated by the Weston Class of 1971, will make possible three new therapy horses for Lovelane therapeutic riding to provide equine-assisted therapy for children with special needs.
“For these kids that Lovelane services, this becomes a part of their routine that they look forward to each week,” said Steve Bruneau. “It’s an escape from getting out of the house or forgetting about their treatment for a little while.”
Hippotherapy is the use of therapeutic horse riding, also known as equine therapy, to improve coordination, balance and strength. Lovelane provides equine occupational therapy and equine physical therapy to children with disabilities, or to children with injuries.
“A lot of the kids we work with are in therapy forever,” said Debby Sabin, director for Lovelane. “This is therapy, but it’s so fun! It’s so disguised. They’re getting physical and occupational therapy, but it’s fun.”
Ameritas is proud to partner with Steve to make life more fulfilling in his hometown through the Rosen Grant.