Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders seeks vol­un­teers

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PRE­STON — Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders (TSR) a ther­a­peu­tic horse­back rid­ing pro­gram that pro­vides phys­i­cal and emo­tional ther­apy to adults and chil­dren on the Mid-Shore us­ing horses, is cur­rently seek­ing vol­un­teers to par­tic­i­pate in the ex­pan­sion of its ther­a­peu­tic horse­back rid­ing pro­gram at their new lo­ca­tion, Tim­ber Grove Farm, 6292 Sta­tum Road in Pre­ston. Serv­ing Tal­bot, Caro­line, Queen Anne’s and Dorch­ester coun­ties, since 1981, TSR is a wholly vol­un­teer driven pro­gram. They are now re­cruit­ing ad­di­tional vol­un­teer horse lead­ers and side walk­ers for their ex­panded ther­apy pro­gram.

Pre­vi­ously, TSR’s ther­apy pro­gram was held at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton; how­ever Glen­dale’s sched­ule of school pro­grams and horse shows pre­cluded ex­pand­ing TSR classes at their school. TSR and Molly Foster, head in­struc­tor and owner of Glen­dale, mu­tu­ally agreed that TSR would need to re­lo­cate to ac­com­plish the Board’s ex­panded pro­gram goals. The tran­si­tion to the new lo­ca­tion will con­tinue over the sum­mer and the up­com­ing fall ses­sion is slated to be­gin midSeptem­ber at Tim­ber Grove Farm. Tim­ber Grove is owned and op­er­ated by Kim Hop­kins, TSR’s af­ter­noon in­struc­tor for the past twelve years and her daugh­ter, Ash­ley Hop­kins.

Kim Hop­kins, a cer­ti­fied Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ther­a­peu­tic Horse­man­ship In­ter­na­tional (PATH) in­struc­tor, will be TSR’s full time Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and head in­struc­tor, teach­ing all morn­ing and af­ter­noon ther­apy classes and over­see­ing TSR’s Hippo ther­apy pro­gram with Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­a­pist Deb­o­rah Col­born.

Sandy King, Di­rec­tor of the Board, said “The ex­pan­sion of our pro­gram is a dream come true! This gi­ant leap of faith will en­able TSR to bet­ter serve this com­mu­nity with our spe­cial­ized ther­apy which gives our clients the self-es­teem and courage, as well as phys­i­cal strength, to re­al­ize their in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties. To have Kim Hop­kins, who has been our Tues­day af­ter­noon in­struc­tor for many years, join ‘Team TSR’ as our Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor is a spe­cial bless­ing. Kim’s en­thu­si­asm and be­lief in our mis­sion is in­fec­tious. She is a creative in­struc­tor and is as ex­cited to be a part of the fu­ture of Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders as we are to have her pick up the reins.”

Vol­un­teer train­ing is pro­vided and ex­pe­ri­ence with peo­ple with spe­cial needs or horses is not re­quired. The min­i­mum age for vol­un­teers is 14 years of age. To find out more about the pro­gram or ar­range a visit to Tim­ber Grove Farm in Pre­ston con­tact Nancy Ra­dosta at 410-604-2290, nl­ra­dosta@ver­i­zon.net, or Glo­ria Gib­son at 410-7459762, jdg­ib­son@at­lanticbb.net or visit www.tal­bot­spe­cial­rid­ers.com

Tal­bot Spe­cial Riders is a mem­ber of PATH and is a reg­is­tered non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with deep roots in the com­mu­nity. Fi­nan­cial sup­port comes from the United Fund of Tal­bot County, area busi­nesses, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and the an­nual fundraiser, TSR’s Spring Clas­sic Bike Tour.

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