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The 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program is always seeking volunteers, ages 14 and up, to help with lessons at the 4-H arena at the Agriculture Center in Westminster. Horse experience is a plus, but is not required. for more information go here http://www.trp4h.org/index.html or call 410-876-1760.
4-H Therapeutic Riding provides a program of therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities.
For over 20 years, this all-volunteer organization has served more than 1,500 individuals with a wide range of disabilities.
Therapeutic riding uses horses to make positive contributions to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well being of individuals with disabilities.
The program serves as a training center for Special Olympic athletes competing locally and at the Special Olympic World Games.
Following standards of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, adaptations are made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in various riding activities.
The program emphasizes cognitive, behavioral, psychological and physical goals for each participant.
My wife, Caroline, serves as a volunteer NARHA certified instructor, Board member and Treasurer. She also serves on the Carroll County Agriculture Center Board representing 4-H Therapeutic Riding and as the Ag Center Treasurer.
I volunteer also – mostly in a grounds maintenance – property management capacity, but I been known to do whatever I’m asked.
I designed the original landscape design for the property and, along with Caroline and many other volunteers, helped install the plants and build run-in sheds.
I grew up participating in 4-H.
In the past, I have taught many classes for the Cooperative Extension Service, served on numerous committees including: the Carroll Co. Agriculture Program Advisory Committee of the University of MD Cooperative Extension Service; the Cooperative Extension Service Maintenance Conference Planning Committee. I also served on a special Carroll & Frederick County agricultural community advisory taskforce for Dr. Raymond J. Miller, University of Maryland Vice Chancellor for Agricultural Affairs in the 1980s.
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