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Healing Hooves

Release date: April 28, 2012

Goucher will host its third annual Healing Hooves event, a fundraiser for therapeutic horse riding programs and centers in Maryland, on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at the college's Equestrian Center.

This family-friendly event is open to everyone and will include rider demonstrations, a petting zoo, grooming station, face painting, raffles, rider demonstrations, live music, and food.

All participants are asked to make a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. The funds raised will help the following organizations to continue their work, including providing aid to people living with disabilities and various other ailments and to recovering soldiers:

• Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
• Le Cheval Stable
• Melwood Recreation Center
• Rose of Sharon Equestrian School
• STAR Equestrian Center.

Founded as an International Scholars Program project by students Charlotte Kellogg '12 and Randi Turner '12, the first Healing Hooves event took place in April 2010 with the aid of 20 volunteers, nine local therapeutic riding programs, and 150 participants. Last year's event raised just less than $2,000 for three local therapeutic centers.

Therapeutic horseback riding was introduced to the United States in the 1960s as a form of animal-assisted therapy and was officially recognized in 1969 with the founding of the National Association for Riding of the Handicapped, now known as the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Within the United States and Canada alone, PATH Intl. operates at more than 800 centers, which serve roughly 42,000 individuals a year.

This event is sponsored by the Goucher Equestrian Team. For more information, contact Charlotte.Kellogg@mail.goucher.edu.