Get Your Gallop On

Posted on 14 August 2012

The Horseless Horse Show Fundraiser for the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End (CTREE) will be held on Saturday, August 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North Fork II Horse Show on Majors Path in Southampton.

Families, adults and children are invited to join the fun and help raise funds for CTREE. The horseless horse show will be run like a regular horse show with children and adventurous adults jumping and navigating a human size horse show course of jumps and obstacles. Ribbons will be awarded for each class.

CTREE is a not-for-profit organization on the East End of Long Island that specializes in therapeutic riding lessons for children with special needs. A member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), CTREE lessons are taught by NARHA guidelines and with certified instructors. Lessons are held at the Wolffer Estate Stables in Sagaponack as is the brainchild of local mother, Amanda Ross and instructor Karen Bocksel.

Studies have shown the distinctive, three-dimensional movement of a horse provides the input necessary to help a rider with sensory integration issues and presents physical challenges that lead to increased balance, muscle control and strength. Equine assisted activities such as grooming and tacking horses also help riders with sequencing skills and fine motor coordination and the relationships developed at CTREE provide a positive emotional experience for children with special needs.

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