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Adams pursues passion for horses - Full Article

By Alana Flinn
July 19 2015

While some people spend years trying to find a passion or hobby, Garden City local Joyce Adams was lucky enough to discover a love for horses early in life, and has now dedicated her life to working with them.

The dedication to her lifelong passion is even noticeable when you call Adams and hear her voice mail message that says, “I’m probably out riding, so leave me a message.”

Adams founded the Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Riding Program in 1997, which blended Adam’s love for horses and teaching special needs children. The program offers horse riding lessons to special needs children in southwest Kansas.

“Just watching the kids gain some self confidence in themselves and see them improve their physical and mental abilities is amazing,” Adams said. “It gives them something to do, and in their minds, it makes them equal with everyone, because they’re doing something that a lot of kids don’t do.”

After several years as the director of Miles of Smiles, Adams took a step back from the organization in 2007. However, she wanted to continue working with horses, so Adams decided to pursue a longtime dream of hers: endurance riding...

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