In a Russian courtroom 2-1/2 years ago, then 15-year-old Daria told the judge she really wanted the opportunity to learn how to ride a horse. He looked us squarely in the eye and asked if we'd protect that dream and see that her wish came true. Daria beamed as our words were translated into Russian: we promised we would make sure she got the opportunity. She had hope!
For the past couple of years, Daria has been taking horseback riding lessons. Here she is today, relaxed and exceedingly happy following a family ride near the foothills of Denver. Her joy is our joy! Few things in life feel better than keeping a promise to an orphan!