Therapeutic Riding Program hosting open house

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Volunteers enjoy helping out during Morgan Fleck’s lesson.

Horseback riding is a fun and challenging activity for everyone and the Therapeutic Riding Program makes this activity accessible to children and adults with all forms of disabilities, be they developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral or social. It’s a way to discover a whole new world of adventure, freedom, responsibility, dignity and excitement. It is also a way to improve balance and coordination and strengthen muscles. Most importantly, it provides an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for everyone involved — riders, volunteers, caregivers and instructors.

The Creston and District Society for Community Living’s Therapeutic Riding Program invites everyone to visit its facility at 849 Erickson Rd. during an open house on March 26 from 1-3 p.m. Come on down and find out about the program, meet the wonderful therapy horses and enjoy the peaceful, treed setting in which the program is fortunate to operate. Dogs are welcome but must be on leash.

The 2011 schedule is set to start on April 4 with an eight-week spring session. The program is once again anticipating record enrollment and will be relying on many, many volunteers to help us with the lessons. Tremendous support from volunteers has been enjoyed and new volunteers are always welcomed.

A volunteer training session will be held on April 2 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Volunteers will get hands-on training to learn to catch, groom, tack up and horse handle and sidewalk the therapy horses in a simulated therapeutic riding lesson.

For further information, please contact Michelle at 250-402-6793 or mwhiteaway@hotmail.com, or visit cdscl.com/trp.htm.

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