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Eight riders representing Hearts & Hooves competed in the Spring schooling show in Little Rock at Crestfield Farm on April 17. Under the direction of coaches Elizabeth Anderson, Kat Cromer and Liz Marg, the H&H team rode against other community members in Intro Test A (Walk Trot), Intro Test A Walk only and Leadline. earning impressive scores from the judge and - most importantly - having fun. Volunteers Mary Ann Clark, Chrissy Miller, and Roberta Jameson, Rene Pope, Aspen Wright were on hand to keep therapy horses Sam I Am, Twister, and Peanut Butter groomed and ready to go to the ring with proper tack for the riders.
Show Team Director Kat Cromer was instrumental in introducing the concept of H&H participants competing in the Arkansas Dressage Society (ADS) slate of shows, and also designed the team and show staff polo shirts. Show Team T-shirts are available for sale to suppot the show team by contacting Kat at the H&H office, 501-834-8509.
Executive Director Liz Marg notes, "I love that our riders have the opportunity to compete on an even playing field and show the community their abilities rather than their disabilities." Adds a parent of a show team member, "We really enjoyed the show. Thank you for letting my daughter be a part of it. She had a wonderful time!"
Our jockeys are sporting their racing silks and the therapy horses are at the starting gate… That’s right – it’s time for the annual Penny Race! Penny Race Chairperson, Instructor Sutter Woodliff, is anticipating a fun event: "I love this event because it encourages the riders and volunteers to support Hearts & Hooves. It's an inexpensive and easy way to support the program, because every penny counts!"
Proceeds from the Penny Race will be designated towards the purchase of an electric lift to be installed at the gate of the Walt Keenihan Arena. The device will provide a safe method of transferring physically challenged riders from wheelchair to the back of their horse, and will allow Hearts & Hooves to accept more clients with physical challenges that prevent them from mounting traditionally.
The leader board will be posted in the Heritage Room in the Volunteer lounge along with each horse's penny jar. You can track your favorite horse's progress on the race track posted there as well when you stop by to drop off your spare change.
Hearts & Hooves provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities and is located in Sherwood AR, just outside of the Little Rock/North Little Rock city limits. Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.