Yesterday, I was walking through Washington Square Park when I noticed a small boy and his mother selling cowboy supplies. "We're saving up for a horse," they told me.
The boy's name was Rumi. After speaking with Rumi's mother, I learned that Rumi has loved horses his entire life. He has horse themed shirts, toys, and backpacks. All those things are great. But Rumi's biggest dream is to own a horse. "You can get one for $1000!" he told me. After a full afternoon of selling cowboy supplies. He'd raised $1. He seemed a little downtrodden by the afternoon's results, but commited to his ultimate goal.
That night, I jumped on the phone with a couple of horse experts-- not Rumi's parents-- who have special expertise regarding kids who want horses. These horse experts-- not Rumi's parents-- told me that having a horse is super expensive. It's just about impossible for normal parents, especially ones who live in a small NYC apartment, and who aren't wealthy, to provide a horse for their child. Sometimes this can be quite heartbreaking.
So I thought of a plan.
Let's send Rumi on a horse-filled, whip-cracking, high-falootin', Wild West adventure. For $7,000, we can send Rumi and his parents on an all-expenses-paid trip to Drowsy Water Ranch, 90 miles outside of Denver. (This includes airfare, transportation, lodging, all meals, and a variety of activities). Drowsy Water is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top ranches for families. Actual picture from the ranch:
Last night I called Drowsy Water to inquire about availability. They only had one room left for the entire summer season-- for the week of August 25th-- and it was perfectly sized for a family of three. I asked them to hold it for me. I asked what a six-year-old, like Rumi, could expect from a week at Drowsy Water. "Six is the perfect age to be here," they told me. "It's the age where you qualify to have your own horse for the entire week."
I talked with Rumi's parents for a good while last night. We all agreed-- Rumi is an amazing, highly-deserving kid. After hearing Rumi's story, I agreed with his mother: "This is a very good time for something good to happen to Rumi." So let's send Rumi on a Wild West Adventure!
All amounts raised beyond those needed to cover receipts of the trip will be donated to Equestria-- a New York based organization dedicated to providing riding lessons to children with disabilities. This organization does tons of good, and holds a special place in the hearts of Rumi and his parents.