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Great Oak riding center hosts inaugural exhibition show

December 4, 2018

On Saturday, 15 of Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center’s students participated in an Inaugural Exhibition Show.

Students rode in the Bruce Duchossois Indoor Arena in front of their family, friends and supporters of Great Oak.

Riding their favorite GO Pony, Great Oak students, were surrounded by dedicated volunteers and they displayed what they have accomplished during their time riding at Great Oak.

Riders steered through cones, displayed control over their horses, walked and stopped on command, and displayed posting.

Lessons at Great Oak are taught by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship certified instructors and often require volunteers to support the riders.

Interested volunteers should contact Nicole Pioli, program and volunteer coordinator, at nicole@greatoakatrc.org or attend the next Volunteer Training on Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Great Oak taught its first lesson on Feb. 14, 2018, and over the past 10 months has impacted 75 individuals through equine assisted activities.

Great Oak’s mission is to provide equine-assisted activities that promote the physical, emotional, and psychological health of individuals with special needs.

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