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Therapeutic Riding Program Seeks Volunteers

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
June 6, 2007

UNH’s Therapeutic Riding Program is seeking volunteers for its summer session, which runs June 28 through August 17. Classes are Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. Time commitments are flexible and can be as little as 45 minutes, one day per week.

The riding program provides recreational and therapeutic activities to children and adults with all varieties of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Volunteers have direct contact with students, helping to ensure a safe and fun lesson environment, and helping students achieve their therapeutic and educational goals. No prior experience with horses is necessary. Anyone age 12 or up is welcome to participate.

Since its inception in 1989, the riding program has trained more than 500 volunteers.

A training and orientation session for new volunteers is Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m. in the Light Horse Classroom at the horse barns. For further information, please contact Cindy Burke at the Therapeutic Riding Program at 2-0131 or go to www.trp.unh.edu.

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