Veterans donate to REACH Therapeutic Center

Heart of Texas Chapter 1012 of the Vietnam Veterans Association recently gave a $900 donation to Larry Barnett, executive director of REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, to help with its Horses for Heroes program.

Henry Kasper, president of Chapter 1012 of the Vietnam Veterans Association, and Marion Witt, secretary, presented the donation.

Horses for Heroes is a national program that honors soldiers injured in service in partnership with the horse.

It was started in the fall of 2011 at REACH Therapeutic Riding Center in McGregor. The service is underwritten by donors, such as the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1012, and provided free to all veterans.

Chapter 1012 of the VVA was started in 2007 and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 6008 in Hewitt.

REACH (Riding Equines to Achieve Confidence and Health) Therapeutic Riding Center, located in McGregor, is a nonprofit corporation that provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy. Therapeutic riding is the use of the horse and equine-oriented activities to achieve a variety of therapeutic goals.

For more information or to join theVietnam Veterans of Waco Chapter 1012, visit For more information about REACH Therapeutic Riding Center, the Horses for Heroes program or to volunteer your time, visit

Henry Kasper (left), president, and Marion Witt (second from left), secretary, of the Heart of Texas Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 1012 present a $900 donation to Larry Barnett, executive director of REACH Therapeutic Riding Center. Joining them are Chex and Ronald Epps, chairman of the REACH board.

Photo submitted by Barbara Epps


Robinson students make All-State band

Four band students at Robinson High School were named to the Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State Band.

The four are among 260 All-State Band selections representing Class 1A, 2A and 3A schools.

The students are Jared Graves, a junior bassoon player; Grace Huynh, a sophomore flute player; Callan Monroe, a junior flute player; and Austin Vetter, a freshman tuba player.

Rosie Lingle, a junior flute player, was named first alternate.

Band students from four music regions met at Robinson High School recently for All-State Band tryouts. The students had previously qualified for the contest at their respective All-Region tryouts in December.

Also participating at the tryouts were Nathan Stout, trombone; Matthew Arispe, baritone; and Chris Williamson, percussion.

All-State Band members from across the state will rehearse for three days in February in San Antonio.

They will present a concert Feb. 16 in downtown San Antonio at the Lila Cockrell Theater, in the city’s convention center.

Robinson band director is Bob Vetter. The band staff includes Mark Halamicek, Danny Hawkins, Krystal Michal, Robin Williamson and Steve Williamson.

Robinson High School students Grace Huynh (from left), Austin Vetter, Jared Graves and Callan Monroe were named to the All-State Band.

Photo submitted by Bob Vetter

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