One Girl, One Ride, One Mission
By TSgt Jason Rolfe, 148FW
/ Published June 25, 2008
06/23/08 -- The 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. got a visit by a girl, and a horse, on a mission. 12 year old, E'leese Madgett Manrique and her horse, Chips and Salsa, showed up outside of the Air National Guard base on June 23, 2008 hoping to say thanks to the unit members and pose for a photo with her heroes.
E'leese is dedicating the summer to ride across the state of Minnesota to raise money to start a ranch for veterans. The Ranch Minnesota will be a place where any soldier in need of a place to heal can go for free. The planned ranch will be a place for veterans to spend their day relaxing, swimming, walking or taking a horse out for a ride.
E'leese is trying to raise $15 million to build the ranch by asking for donations across the state.
Traveling by horseback, sleeping in a horse trailer and meeting many kind folks along the way, E'leese and her mother truly have their hearts in the right place.
The ride began June 7, 2008 in Buffalo, Minn. and will end at the State Capital in St. Paul on August 31, 2008.
For more information about their mission, visit www.onegirloneride.com.