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Somerset Therapeutic Association for Riding (S.T.A.R.)

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Each week S.T.A.R. members enjoy  riding on the back of a quarterhorse in the company of caring and knowledgeable assistants.  Since 1995, S.T.A.R. has been providing safe, closely supervised riding lessons to physically and/or mentally challenged children (and occasional adults) of Somerset County.  In a typical training session, a handicapped child is helped to mount a carefully trained horse, and is then escorted on a ride for  twenty minutes by three volunteers, one leading the horse and the other two providing needed support on either side of the horse.  Children who have taken part in the program for years have made remarkable progress in both their physical abilities and their social capacities.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Somerset, PA
Status Inactive
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