Service Mini Horse “Teddy” Gets Custom Ride from Friendly Ford

ROSELLE, Illinois—Equine Dreams, a non-profit therapeutic riding center in Newark, Illinois, is getting a unique customization for its miniature horse transporter vehicle, courtesy of Friendly Ford in Roselle. A Ford Excursion is being modified by the dealership to carry “Teddy,” the group’s star miniature horse.

Equine Dreams provides therapeutic horseback riding to both kids and adults who have physical, cognitive and social disabilities. Teddy visits hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other venues to visit with and bring joy into the lives of others.

“This organization is near and dear to my heart, said Friendly Ford co-owner Randy Yockey. “My sister, [Equine Dreams CEO] Sharon Mason, runs this organization [and] she has a handicapped child. We’re going to convert her Excursion that she daily drives and we’re going to make it a transporter for a mini horse.”

Friendly Ford is raising the Ford Excursion’s roof and adding a turtle top to convert the SUV into a stall that can transport Teddy and other horses and animals. Randy Yockey’s neighbor, Mike Gillespie, is also donating his time to perform the customization at Friendly Ford’s shop, making this a true community effort.

Those who are interested can follow the vehicle’s progress by watching the frequent video updates and photographs that are posted to the Friendly Ford Facebook page. Donations to Equine Dreams can be made at the organization’s website,

For more information, please contact Friendly Ford’s Fixed Operation Executive Assistant Jenny Yockey at (866) 928-7905.

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