CEDAR HILL, TX—The folks at B&D Stables found out that someone had taken nearly all of their horse equipment Monday.
“Right is right and wrong is wrong and we’ve been violated,” owner Donise Ruth said. “Saddles, bridles…just the whole nine yards. They took everything.”
The material could calculate up to $20,000 worth, according to an incident report from Cedar Hill PD.
Darron Hensley founded a non-profit called Kowboys, Kowgirls, Kids and Horses. And get this, this Independence Day weekend, dozens of children were supposed to be here, riding these horses. Now, they can’t.
“I saw kids out here last night crying. And that caused me to lose a lot of sleep,” he said. “We saved money to get these t-shirts done, and this is their t-shirt. They designed it, they came up with it. If this dies, we’re going to lose a lot of kids to the streets.”
“We’re a close knit family, we do positive things here. It’s just a shock,” Andrew Wilhite added.
“These kids come out here and they look forward to riding,” Ruth explained.
Kids like Sheldon Wilhite.
“When I heard about the saddles, I got sad because I know I’m not going to be able to ride,” he said.
“This ranch has brought a lot of knowledge, a lot of fun and a lot of love, not just to me, but to people outside of this ranch,” recent high school graduate Natalie Norbert said.
“We had a lot of sad kids. I don’t have the heart to tell them. How do you tell a kid you can’t ride? I just thank God our horses are still here,” Hensley said.
If you’d like to help, you can contact Hensley or Ruth at 972.201.7140 or 214.235.9260.
Kids talk about their first visit:
Darron Hensley on what Kowboys Kowgirls Kids and Horses is all about:
Azalea Murphy on her experience:
Franklin Branch on working at Kowboys Kowgirls Kids and Horses:
Visitor Deondre Thornton talks about his experience: