Oct. 24, 2006
Assistant coach Joanna Booker led the way as members of the Auburn equestrian team participated in Storybook Farm's riding exhibition where seniors Julie Gibbes and Whitney Kimble demonstrated a reining pattern for the children.
"The children here don't get to see competitive riding," said Founder and CEO Dena Dougherty. "This exposes them to the sport and gets them interested and supportive of the team. It was done for entertainment and we all had so much fun and appreciated it."
Storybook Farm was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children from ages 2 to 18 suffering from disabilities, chronic illnesses or those suffering from a loss.
Horses provide therapy through interaction as well as through riding. The nature of their movement and the body heat help to strengthen the rider's muscle tone. It also helps in balance, posture, motor skills, coordination and reflexes. Interacting and caring for the horses develops responsibility, patience and compassion. Riding gives the children excitement through new experiences and provides an emotional outlet to get away from their worries.
"It is important to get involved with your community and to give back to them as much as you can," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams. "Coach Booker is one of those people who is compassionate and does everything that she can to help out others. She volunteers every free moment that she has."
If you want to get involved with this program, or for more information on Storybook Farm visit http://www.story-book-farm.org/.