Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection
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Equine-assisted therapy is the #1 equestrian activity in Canada. A Magical Connections celebrates the magical connection between therapy horse and rider.
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Top Equine Surgery Studies of 2012 (AAEP 2012)

Top Equine Surgery Studies of 2012 (AAEP 2012) | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Dr. Lisa Fortier recaps studies on upper respiratory tract health, colic, lameness, and racehorse health.
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Horses Serve as Attentive Listeners to Student Readers

Horses Serve as Attentive Listeners to Student Readers | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You probably wouldn't be surprised if your first
grader came home saying he or she just read a book about horses. But
what if the child said the class read a book to horses?
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Ann Romney Will Showcase U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America This Wednesday

Ann Romney Will Showcase U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America This Wednesday | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it

Edited from a USPEA Press Release:

 

On Wednesday October 10th, U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Rebecca Hart of Unionville, Pennsylvania will be showcased on ABC's Good Morning America. Hart will accompany Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, in New York's Times Square.

 

Romney and Hart will speak about how horses have provided a unique form of therapy for them.

 

Both equestrians will also touch on the 2012 London Paralympics and equestrian sport.

 

Hart, horse Lord Ludger (owned by Jessica Ransehousen), and U.S Paralympic Chef d'Equipe Missy Ransehousen will present a previously recorded segment showcasing the Paralympic Dressage duo at Blue Hill Farm.

 

Romney will also accompany Hart riding Orlando, a horse ridden by his owner, James Dwyer, for the Bronze Medial-winning Irish team in London.

 

As co-owner of 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage horse Rafalca ridden by Jan Ebeling, Romney can relate to Hart's and Dwyer's recent accomplishments and therapeutic use of riding. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, she began riding as a form of therapy and found it to benefit her life in many ways.

 

Romney presented Hart with the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship in June.

 

"This whole year has been a whirlwind," noted Hart. "I met Mrs. Romney in June, rode down the Prime Meridian at the London Paralympics for my team in August, met the President of the United States in September, and now will be riding in Times Square. You don't often get asked to ride in Times Square and I am very excited for this opportunity."

 

The program is scheduled on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday October 10th at 8 a.m. (Eastern Time). 

 

@FranJurga writes: Tell everyone you will be late for work because you need to stay home and watch this on Wednesday morning!

 

Photo: James Dwyer on Orlando during the London Paralympics. Lindsay McCall photo.

 

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Australian Olympian sets off on ride to fight depression - News - Horsetalk.co.nz

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Modern pentathlete follows in some famous equine footstep in raising money for depression institute.
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The San Marcos River | Horse Boy World

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Read more about how Horse Boy uses kinetic learning approaches and intrinsic motivation to teach Rowan about force, velocity and acceleration


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Paralympic Gold Medalist Sophie Christiansen MBE backs calls for disabled riders at Royal Windsor Horse Show / Royal Borough Observer / News / Roundup

Paralympic Gold Medalist Sophie Christiansen MBE backs calls for disabled riders at Royal Windsor Horse Show / Royal Borough Observer / News / Roundup | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
SOPHIE Christiansen MBE has pledged her support to The Observer's campaign to include a Para-equestrian competition in Royal Windsor Horse Show.,...
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Super Sophie seals THIRD dressage gold to cap record haul for British equestrian team

Super Sophie seals THIRD dressage gold to cap record haul for British equestrian team | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Sophie Christiansen became Britain’s first triple gold medallist of the London 2012 Paralympics at Greenwich Park.

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Group uses horse riding to teach lifelong skills

Group uses horse riding to teach lifelong skills | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The executive director of a new not-for-profit organization says the group is helping increase confidence and leadership skills in local disadvantaged and lower-income children through horseback riding.
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Horses Help Terminally Ill Boy's Dream Come True - Vaqueritos Natural Horsemanship for Kids

Horses Help Terminally Ill Boy's Dream Come True - Vaqueritos Natural Horsemanship for Kids | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it

"Austin Grover is a 7-year-old boy with autism and was also recently diagnosed with the terminal illness mitochondrial disease last year. This disease is caused by dysfunctional mitochondria which...."


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"A horse got me out of bed... and living life" Ann Romney visits Ocala, rides at MTRA stable

"A horse got me out of bed... and living life" Ann Romney visits Ocala, rides at MTRA stable | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Ann Romney, potentially America's next first lady, visited Ocala on Wednesday, recalling how her passion for horses helped her battle back against a debilitating disease.
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True North - Therapy For The Uneducated

True North - Therapy For The Uneducated | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
That is where I learned, first hand, the amazing therapeutic effects riding could have on someone with cerebral palsy, paralysis or even MS - like Mrs. Romney. Horses give mobility to people in wheelchairs and work muscles that would ...
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Grant awarded to Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy - Bradenton Herald

Grant awarded to Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy - Bradenton Herald | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Bradenton HeraldGrant awarded to Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding TherapyBradenton HeraldBy MIRIAM VALVERDE — mvalverde@bradenton.com BRADENTON -- Four children will be taken off a waiting list and receive one year's worth of therapeutic...
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Spruce Meadow Farm Hosts An Event For “Horses For Heroes”

Spruce Meadow Farm Hosts An Event For “Horses For Heroes” | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Spruce Meadow Farm, A Buffalo NY Horseback Riding Stable Hosts An Event For “Horses For Heroes” And Offers New Fall/Winter Deals Just In Time For The Holidays!
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Md. inmates learn life skills by helping retired racehorses

Md. inmates learn life skills by helping retired racehorses | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Edward Rybolt considers himself lucky to have received another chance. A heroin habit nearly destroyed his life, damaging his relationships with his family and driving him to a bank robbery attempt that netted him a 10-year prison sentence.
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England launches a new para-equestrian program to help riders with disabilities compete

In Britain, a great programme designed to encourage young riders with disabilities compete by offering free coaching and support. In Canada, we should consider a similar programme...

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In Memorium: Team USA Paralympic Equestrian Jonathan Wentz

In Memorium: Team USA Paralympic Equestrian Jonathan Wentz | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it

Jonathan Wentz

1990-2012

From the USEF Communications Department


Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of a great competitor and advocate for para-equestrian sport. Jonathan Wentz passed away September 30, 2012.

Wentz had recently returned from London where he was a member of the U.S. Team that earned seventh place at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

 

At those Games, Wentz also finished fourth in the Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle Test in Grade 1b competition riding Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale. These strong results earned Wentz the distinction of being the highest-placed American equestrian at either the London Olympic or Paralympic Games.

 

Wentz enjoyed an extremely successful career with NTEC Richter Scale a horse that carried him to the World Championships, Paralympic Games and a National Title. In 2010, the pair represented the U.S. for the first time at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the following year they claimed the USEF 2011 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship.

 

In 2012, the combination earned Reserve Champion honors at the 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials prior to travelling to London. Wentz also finished in sixth place with Silvano at the 2012 National Championship.

 

As well as competing at the highest level, Wentz was a tireless advocate for his sport. He served on the USEF Youth Council representing para-equestrian and was a member of the USEF Para Equestrian Technical Committee. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and para-equestrian dressage from an early age.

 

Wentz was also a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a keen interest in political science, history and the law.

 

"The Federation sends our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wentz family. Jonathan was great competitor and outstanding role model for all in equestrian sport. He will be greatly missed," said John Long, USEF CEO.

 

Photo of Jonathan and NTEC Richter Scale: JonathanWentz.org


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"She took to it like a duck to water"... Loch Lomond's amazing swimming horse!

"She took to it like a duck to water"... Loch Lomond's amazing swimming horse! | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
BY yon pony banks of Loch Lomond dwells Shoshoni the wonder horse, who prefers a brisk dip to a canter.

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Yes, but Hester does not have to sell. It's just too good a financial opp to pass up.

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Equestrian star Charlotte Dujardin today said the sale of the horse that carried her to two Olympic golds was “heart-wrenching”.

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Horse Boy World Update

Horse Boy World Update | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it

Last month saw the first ever Horse Boy Surf & Turf Camp, a collaboration of horses, camping and surfing for autism families hosted by Horse Boy Foundation, Square Peg Foundation, Indojax Surfing and Half Moon Bay Surf Club. The camp was a huge success and we are hopeful that it will be the start of something new for Horse Boy for as Rupert said ‘We really achieved something quite extraordinary here. I haven’t seen so many cognitive and sensory changes happen so radically in such a short space of time to such a large number of kids. The surf/turf is totally complimentary.’


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London 2012 - Paralympic Equestrian

The Paralympic Equestrian events will test the ability of horse and rider to display both athletic prowess and supreme elegance. To find out more, visit http...
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National Para-Equestrian Championship underway in New Jersey - HorseChannel.com

National Para-Equestrian Championship underway in New Jersey - HorseChannel.com | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
The competition includes the selection trials for the 2012 Paralympic team.
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The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest - despite being born with no legs

The veteran horseriding stuntwoman who towers over the rest - despite being born with no legs | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
Barbara Adside, 35, from Lancaster, California, was born with damage to her spine through spina bifida and has no lower legs, but is still walking tall thanks to a career as a respected stunt performer for film and TV.
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Learn the value of bonding with horses - The Virginian-Pilot

Learn the value of bonding with horses - The Virginian-Pilot | Horse & Rider - A Magical Connection | Scoop.it
The Virginian-PilotLearn the value of bonding with horsesThe Virginian-PilotHorses Helping Heroes is a local nonprofit, organized in 2010 to provide equine-assisted activities and therapy for veterans with special needs and disabilities.
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