August 19, 2021, our founder and friend, Wade Wheeler, passed away.
Wade's love of horses, his belief in the power of the horse to change lives, his servant leadership and huge heart led him to open the Reece Center (then known as Ride Atlanta) in 1984. After making his dream a reality, he led us through over 37 years of helping the disabled children and adults of Atlanta realize THEIR dreams of riding a horse and seeing their abilities, not their disabilities.
Born on June 21, 1937, Wade proudly served as a US Marine, retired from Delta after 33 years, served as Police Commissioner in Hapeville, was a member of the Hapeville City Council and was one of the original members of the Board of Directors for NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). Wade was also a Master Mason for 52 years, a member of The Sheriff’s Posse, a Shriner and a dedicated lifetime member of the Georgia Civitan District Foundation.
We will continue to feel his love every day as we continue what he started and share how he taught us to love with our riders, volunteers and their families. He will be always missed, always loved and always remembered as the most wonderful of human beings!
Until we meet again, rest in peace dear friend! We will carry on now!