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SUNSHINE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER INC

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The Volunteer Team is what makes equine activities and therapies possible for many participants. Without a volunteer team, many of our riders would not be able to participate. Leaders and sidewalkers form a team to support their participant during a lesson/therapy session, consequently the quality of the volunteers directly affects the quality of the lesson. We are thankful for all of our volunteer teams and the opportunities they provide for our participants.

SIDE WALKER: Walk beside the rider and their horse in order to assist with balance and reinforce the instructor’s directions. Minimum Age 14+, Training Mandatory, no horse experience needed

REQUIREMENTS : All volunteers are asked to pass a background check. Side walkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 30: minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14. Younger volunteers may be asked to participate in opportunities outside the arena with parental supervision.

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About SUNSHINE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER INC

Location:

174 CREWS LN, PEARCY, AR 71964, US

Mission Statement

The Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center (STRC) is an equine assisted therapy organization 501(c)3 that strives to improve the lives of individuals of all age groups, including children with disabilities, through the partnership and therapeutic power of horses.

Description

Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center (STRC) was organized as a 501-(c)3, Aug 26, 2019. (EIN 84-1747932). STRC was the vision of Katja Summerlin who, along with her husband, Zach, wanted her son who has Down Syndrome to have the option of accessing the therapeutic powers of horses through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.

STRC’s goal is to be a premier equine-assisted therapy organization. By utilizing the therapeutic power of horses through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, we can positively affect the lives and families of people with disabilities. Hippotherapy is where "occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a therapy tool to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes" (American Hippotherapy Association). In short, it’s therapy on horseback that encourages exceptional growth in the areas of communication, motor, sensory, and cognition. The combination of the skilled therapist with the movement of the horse is a powerful treatment strategy to reach therapy goals.

Animals
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities

WHEN

Mon Sep 13, 2021 - Fri Dec 03, 2021

WHERE

4992 Sunshine RoadPearcy, AR 71964

(34.46226,-93.22086)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Child Development
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • 2hrs per day/week minimum
  • Side walkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 60 minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14.

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