And showcase they did. With sixty-five riders competing in the Saturday, April 12 show, competitors demonstrated the equestrian skills learned during their therapeutic sessions at the facility for their own families and a hundred community supporters. Every rider participated in equitation and trail pattern classes. Presentations of ribbons and trophies made the day extra special for everyone in attendance. Riders at the 2014 spring show strived for their personal best, and spectators saw this with their horsemanship skills and emotional excitement for the therapeutic riding organization. For many this was the first time they had the opportunity to compete on the back of a horse.
"All of the riders are champions in our eyes and we are so honored to have the opportunity to work with them," says ManeGait Executive Director and PATH International Certified Instructor Tricia Nelson.
The McKinney based non-profit originated in 2008 and was founded by Bill & Pris Darling. Today the non-profit works to help those with a variety of disabilities succeed through therapeutic horsemanship. Riders with physical, cognitive, developmental, sensory, and/or learning disabilities from Collin, Dallas, Denton and Grayson counties participate in the organization’s programs. ManeGait, located at 3160 Custer Road in McKinney, Texas, uses the 14-acre facility to build horsemanship skills, while improving the physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills of its clients. Riders at ManeGait are taught to focus on their abilities, not disabilities, both in the arena and outside of the protective fences.
For more info on ManeGait or to find out about volunteering and donation opportunities, call 469.742.9611.
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