Sturgeon rides across America for Ropin’ Dreams
By Linda Green

Tye and Hannah Sturgeon and their dog Pistol Annie were shown hospitality by David Moore of Cedar Rock Road. The couple spent a day and night resting and relaxing at the Moore farm.
An Arkansas-based cowboy is riding his horses through 48 states to help a charity that helps sick children fulfill their dream and one that helps children and people of all ages receive therapeutic treatments by riding horses.
Tye Sturgeon is riding across America to increase awareness of and raise money for Ropin’ Dreams, an organization that brings smiles to children who face challenges as a result of serious illness or injury, and New Horizon Ranch, which helps individuals of all ages through equine assisted activities and therapies.
Sturgeon, who began this endeavor at 19, has already taken three years out of his life to help the two charities. He entered Thomson on horseback Wednesday, June 21, and departed early Friday, June 23, via Gordon Street and Cobbham Road.
Riding 10 to 15 miles a day, now at age 23, he has traveled more than 4,200 miles and has crossed 15 states. When he began the trek his plan was that it be completely continuous but a winter storm in Iowa caused plans to be modified. He rides during the spring, summer and fall for the charities and uses the winter to work to support his cross-country ride. He provides horse-training clinics and he sells T-shirts and bandannas imprinted with his logo to support the rides.
“This is all about the children,” Sturgeon said of his involvement with Ropin’ Dreams. “I want to help make their dreams come true,” he said as the reason for support of Ropin’ Dreams which is based in Marion, Texas. He said New Horizon Ranch in Rantoul, Kansas, operates on Christian principles and provides equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals who face cognitive, physical, social and emotional issues and youth-at-risk.
Accompanied by his wife Hannah, who drives the truck and pulls the horse trailer, he is supported by sponsors who give them shelter and a meal. He also has three corporate sponsors who support the trips. In Thomson, David and Myrna Moore of Cedar Rock Road supported him and Hannah, and they, along with Karen Rhodes, accompanied Sturgeon out of town and McDuffie County on their horses. He was bound for South Carolina and North Carolina. Before departing, Sturgeon spoke about his mission and about the two charities to Belle Meade Hunt.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the June 29, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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