WESTFIELD - Riders at Centaur Stride are saddling up for the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center's 4th Annual Healing with Horses walk-a-thon March 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Chautauqua Mall. (Registration 1:30 to 2 p.m.)
Located in Westfield, Centaur Stride has been providing programs to benefit people with disabilities in our region, enriching the lives of more than 150 children and adults with cognitive or physical challenges, as well as their families.
Many riders have participated for many years, as there are very few activities they are able to enjoy, and even less that promote their physical and social well-being.
The programs are labor intensive and require many people to assist. Therefore, each rider and family has the community to thank for the generous donations and volunteer support.
The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding expand across physical, cognitive, emotional and social domains.
The joy experienced by family members just to see their child engaging in something that they are able to do is monumental. For example:
"Riding a horse gives me a sense of freedom that I normally don't have. I love the horses because they are so gentle yet they make me feel strong."
"As a mother of a special needs child, Centaur Stride has given me a sense of hope. Hope that my child can achieve milestones that the experts thought were unobtainable. I am truly grateful that this warm, friendly, and revolutionary center exists."
We hope you'll consider hitting the trail with us by:
Participating in the walk Teams or individual walkers are welcome
Sponsoring a rider or horse $300 feeds a horse for a month
Giving an in-kind donation prizes, gift cards, materials, volunteering
To pre-register or learn more about Centaur Stride call 326-4318 or visit www.crowdrise.com/HealingwithHorses