Talbot Special Riders seeks volunteers
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, email@example.com, or Gloria Gibson at 410-7459762, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.