Platte City woman’s love for horses to leave lasting impact for therapeutic riding center

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HOLT, Mo. -- It appears the trail is growing cold in the effort to find Anne Swaney’s killers.

ABC 7 in Chicago, where the Platte City native worked, is reporting that a second “person of concern” has been ruled out as the killer. Swaney’s body was found floating in a river in Belize.  Officials say she had been strangled, after going off to do yoga by herself near the river.

As Anne’s family prepares for to say final goodbyes on Saturday, they’re encouraging others to keep Anne alive through her passion for horseback riding. Folks say her smile could light up a room, and that her kindness won’t soon be forgotten. Neither will her love of horses.

“She’s an avid horse lover and the family really wanted the money that came donation wise or anything like that to go to a good cause,” said Jennifer Lowrey, a volunteer coordinator at Northland Therapeutic Riding Center.

In lieu of flowers, Anne’s family has asked people to send donations to the center.

“We were shocked and also very, very grateful,” said Lowrey.

“We survive off of donations. So every dollar, every penny counts for us especially in the winter,” Lowrey continued.

NTRC offers several therapeutic riding programs for those with special needs, mental health issues, and veterans with post-traumatic stress. No one at the center knew Anne personally, but Lowrey says staff members feel honored that Anne’s family chose to keep her memory alive through their work.

“I am very aware of the connection that she had with horses. Although I didn’t know her personally, I know what a horse can do for you,” said Lowrey.

The donations will go a long way, especially during the lean winter months when the organization isn’t offering services.

“I’d like to speak to her family and make sure they know how grateful we all are at NTRC for what they’ve done for us,” said Lowrey.

For more information on the Northland Therapeutic Riding Center, and how to donate, click the links below.

Anne Swaney's obituary

Northland Therapeutic Riding Center

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