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Hay is for Horses: Oklahoma City University Students Aid Equine Rescue

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University dance and arts management students continued their tradition of service, closing out the spring semester by raising funds to purchase feed for horses at Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue in Jones.

Dance Performance Sophomore Ben Rivera organized two dance classes in April, raising $250 for the rescue. Rivera said the impact of last summer’s drought on hay availability inspired him to offer help this year.

OCU dance students Rile Reavis taught a hip hop class and Nick Palmquist led a lyrical jazz class. Both courses were open to the campus community and the public. Student instructors and dance professor Tiffany Warford donated their time to make the project possible.

Jo Rowan, chair of the dance department at Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, said she continues to be amazed by the generosity of OCU dance and arts management students.

“Ben is not only generous and kind, but very creative,” Rowan said. “He decided in order to do this charitable event, we would do something we love to do, which is to teach and take dance class.”

Rowan, who loves horses, was known as the group’s “pony spirit.”

Students raised $250 for the rescue.