|Posted by admin on January 29, 2015 at 8:05 PM|
Members of Fredericton’s Therapeutic Riding Association have elected seven volunteer directors including John M. Bowles, a retired businessman and career volunteer, as president.
The association with its team of accredited instructors, organizes programs of therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs, notably children. Improving balance, firming weak muscles, retaining memory and increasing self-confidence are just some of the program’s benefits.
Silverwood Arabian Farm on Fredericton’s Woodstock Road provides the specially trained horses, a covered arena and a member’s viewing area for the programs that start in March.
The association relies heavily on volunteers and rider’s parents or guardians to help run the programs and various fundraising events. Volunteers assist in many different ways including working with the instructors and preparing the riders for program participation.
Joining Bowles are Richard Low as vice-president, Trudy Pickering, secretary, Michael Walker, treasurer and directors Jason Wall, Sophie Jensen and Ron Rinehart. Leanne Fitch remains on the board as Immediate Past President.