We kicked off fall with a barn dance for people with disabilties and special needs -it was so very much fun! We hosted a fall party for children with cancer. Our pumpkin carving and riding camp was attended by superman, a cat, a unicorn, and many with mustaches! We wish you a safe and fun Halloween! We are looking forward to ending the year by celebrating the holidays at Happy Trails Riding Center (save the date, Saturday, December 7th from 2-4). Fall is a time of change and we are proud of the changes that happened this year at Happy Trail with the addition of a new instructor and training of one of our volunteers with disabilties to assist in our classes. In 2014 we will add a third Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) instructor.
Thanks for helping bring joy to many in our community! You are making a difference in the lives of people with disabilties and special needs!
Happy Trails Riding Center
We have been blazing new trails out here at Happy Trails Riding Center this summer. We added a new instructor who will be offering a fall class on equine assisted learning. The focus will be on trust and confidence building. We wrote a grant and sent one of our volunteers who has disabilities for training to help as an assistant instructor in our lessons. He has been an inspiration to many of our riders and is helping a lot!
In addition to our therapeutic riding classes, we had our music therapy and riding camp, movie night and ride-a-thon this summer and are looking forward to a fall. We have a barn dance for people with disabilities and special needs planned for September 14th with the City of West Linn Parks and our fall pumpkin carving and riding camp planned for October. Our fall benefit, "Cowboy Casino" will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland - we hope you can join us!
Thanks to globalgiving for helping make our programs possible. The smiles on our riders faces are proof that together we are up to great things.
Great things are happening at Happy Trails Riding Center this summer! Our classes are filled with people learning basic horsemanship and riding. Our summer camp, Horses "n" Harmony will be held on Saturday, June 29th. Camp participants will ride, play music with a music therapist and paint a hand drum to take home. Our movie night and our ride-a-thon will be in July & August. With your help, we continue to provide riding and various social opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs.
We are happy to report we have added another certiified riding instructor who will teach Therapeutic Riding as well as Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) emphasizing service to At Risk/ Troubled Youth. EAL participants build self esteem & confidence while learning to work with horses. The sensitivity of horses to people’s emotional and physical states provide opportunities for grounding and healing. No prior experience with horses is necessary, participants work on the ground interacting with horses. EAL is a fun and supportive way for participants to grow personally while learning critical life and communication skills. We are also in the process of training an assistant instructor to help with our lessons.
Get ready for a great spring and summer fun at Happy Trails Riding. Our classes are for people with disabilities and special needs. Please see our facebook page or www.happytrailsridingcenter.org for details. We have some great things planned and hope you can join us! Ride - Volunteer - Donate. We are primarily funded by donations and run by volunteers. "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much" - Helen Keller
As we near the end of 2012, we'd like to thanks our donors through GlobalGiving and let you know the great things Happy Trails Riding Center has been up to this year. This year we provided 255 riding lessons (16 youth riders to date in our classes, and 17 adults with disabilities and special needs). We hosted a 6 person riding party for adults with disabilities, a large (approximately 70 person party for Down Syndrome Network Oregon – with 44 riders- approx 34 had down syndrome or other developmental disability. Of the 44 riders 5 were adults).
So we are estimating our total served for riding was 22 adults and 55 youth and approximately 23 volunteers helped make this possible.
Our fall dance was attended by 55 total people.
Our holiday party was attended by approximately 50 people.
We are so very thankful to all of our donors, voluteers and of course our horses that are helping make riding and social opportunities available to people with disabiltiies and special needs.
Our 2013 classes will begin in March and run through November.
We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
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