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Special Olympics 2015

 

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding 2015 Illinois Special Olympics

 I’ve practiced very hard this year.
Special Olympics is almost here.
I’ve got my riding clothes and gear.
I’m so excited mommy dear.

Wheelchairs and walkers put aside,
Get on your horse, it’s time to ride.
My tummy’s doing flips inside
With nervousness I cannot hide.

My horse is wise, he seems to know,
The time has come for me to glow.
I’m riding forward, here we go.
Will I do well? I just hope so.

Mommy watch me! Daddy too!
Look and see what I can do.
Oh my gosh I’m almost through.
Honey, we’re so proud of you.

Up on my horse I have more height.
So many more things are in my sight.
I won a medal. I did it right!
I’m wearing it to bed tonight.

These bonds we make, no one can sever.
Until you’ve done this, you will never
See a more worthwhile endeavor.
A heartfelt good deed lasts forever.

Special Olympics is a yearly event made even more challenging with the
involvement of a horse. We at Horsefeathers are proud and honored to serve as
a bridge bringing riders and horses together for an enriching weekend. We
challenge our riders to set goals that can be met and achieved or exceeded,
giving new hope and elevating the spirit of our special needs friends and families.

~Jerry

 

Special Olympics is a yearly event made even more challenging with the involvement of a horse. We at Horsefeathers are proud and honored to serve as a bridge, bringing riders and horses together for an enriching weekend. We challenge our riders to set goals that can be met and achieved or exceeded, giving new hope to and elevating the spirit of our special needs friends and families.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Special Olympic State of Illinois Equestrian Championship Riders. This year was the largest Horse Show in history, with 156 total riders. 17 Horsefeathers’ riders competed in Showmanship and/or English Equitation. 7 gold medals, 4 silver, 2 bronze, 5 fourth place ribbons, and 2 fifth place ribbons were well earned. Gold medals were won by Quinley B., Carly D., Amber S., Mackenzie G., Katie G., and Charles W. Silver medals were won by Charles W., Jacob E., Aaron D., and Jordan P. Bronze medals were won by Hana G., and Nick K. 4th place ribbons were awarded to Stephanie P., Sahara T., Eion J., and Stacey K. 5th place ribbons were awarded to Rebecca M., and Samuel G.

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and horses who made this year a great success! Horsefeathers would especially like to thank the Weeden Family for their great kindness and generosity in trailering our horses. Ice, Apollo, Ernie, Red Rover, Chance, Scooby Doo and Captain thoroughly enjoyed their Olympic experience.

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Showmanship (Halter) Classes

Gold Silver Bronze Ribbion
Quinley B. Charles W.   Stephanie P. (4th)

 

English Equitation Classes

Gold Silver Bronze Ribbion
Carley D. Jacob E. Hana G. Sahara T. (4th)
Amber S. Aaron D. Nick K.  
Quinley B.      
Mackenzie G.      
  Jordan P.   Eion J. (4th)
      Rebecca M. (5th)
      Samuel G. (5th)
Katie G.     Stacy K. (4th)
Charles W.     Stephanie P. (4th)

Thank You to Rush Weeden for his great kindness and generosity in trailering our horses to Special Olympics.

 

OT's and Speech Pathologists

Attention: OT's and Speech Pathologists! Are you looking for a fun, different, stimulating environment in which to do therapy?

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding, NFP is looking for a part time Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist to do hippotherapy at Horsefeathers Center in Lake Forest, IL. Hippotherapy (from the Greek word "hippo", meaning horse) is therapy that is done using the horse as a treatment tool.

You do not need to have horse experience in order to do this. Horsefeathers will provide you with the necessary safeguards, controlled environment, and fully trained support team to meet your needs. Hours are flexible, and the work often more satisfying than you may find in a typical clinical setting.

Please contact Kristi Jarosh (Horwitz) for more information on this job opportunity, and see below for more information regarding Horsefeathers' Hippotherapy program.

Horsefeathers Closures 2016

Day of week Date Reason
Friday January 1 New Years Day
Sunday March 27 Easter
Saturday July 4 July 4th
Fri-Sunday October 21-23 Special Olympics
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving
Saturday December 24 Christmas Eve
Sunday December 25 Christmas Day

Books

We are pleased to announce that we have additional copies of Lynda Vital's wonderful books A New Life for Bud and A Tale of Two Ponies for sale. Softcovers are $15.00; Hardcovers are $20.00. They are available in the office. Please read more about Lynda under "Past Events and Stories " on our website.

2016 Horse Show Season

Horse Show 1 Friday April 8
Horse Show 2 Friday May 13
Horse Show 3 Friday June 10
Horse Show 4 Friday July 8

All horse shows start at 6PM on the day listed above.

A reminder to riders wanting to attend the fall Special Olympics, October 21-23, 2016 All riders must be at least 8 years old and have a cognitive disability. You must place in at least 2 of Horsefeather's horse shows to be eligible to qualify for the Special Olympics. Horsefeather's horse shows will be running through summer.