The Sanders' family at Serenity Equestrian Center serve Veterans and their families for FREE out of a conviction to give something back to those who have and are doing so much for our country.
Gayla grew up as a dependent in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. She was living in Hawaii during the time some of the POW's returned. At only 13 years of age, she had the honor to welcome POW's as they flew in to Hickam Air Force Base on their way home. She remembers the reverence and respect shown these men. So many of them had not gone voluntarily. To this day, she holds strong compassion for all veterans.
Veteran's families are included in the program because Gayla also knows what it is like to be the child of a war veteran and has witnessed the pain and worry of her mother raising three children alone. They too, are sacrificing for us.
As a family, the Sanders' have a secondary passion - sharing their horses with others. Years ago, they experienced tremendous joy in giving "Giant Pony Rides" to the public. At the time, they did this by volunteering for non-profit groups. The Sanders' horses have earned thousands of dollars on behalf of such organizations.