Stu­dents har­ness com­mu­nity chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

METHODIST Ladies College stu­dents spent the week vol­un­teer­ing at Clare­mont Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­tre.

Year 10 stu­dents Paige Tag­gart and Char­l­ize Chen helped with the run­ning of the cen­tre, which spe­cialises in horse rid­ing pro­grams for peo­ple af­fected by con­di­tions in­clud­ing cere­bral palsy, autism and Down syn­drome.

Both stu­dents led les­sons, fed and groomed the horses.

“Most morn­ings we brushed the yard and got it ready for the horses, picked up their ma­nure, fed them, filled their wa­ter bowls, and they would come up and we would put their sad­dles on,” Paige said.

The girls were given the op­por­tu­nity through the Year 10 week of amaze­ment pro­gram.

“Horse rid­ing is ther­a­peu­tic for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and it’s been great help­ing them get­ting on a horse and lead­ing them around the arena,” Char­l­ize said.

The Year 10 pro­gram en­cour­ages stu­dents to be pushed be­yond their com­fort zone and have ex­pe­ri­ences in the com­mu­nity.

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Year 10 Methodist Ladies College stu­dents Paige Tag­gart and Char­l­ize Chen helped out at Clare­mont Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­tre, Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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