2017-08-10 / Faith

Ride On to cut ribbon on new arena

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will hold a free open house and ribbon-cutting from 5 to 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 23 at 401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park.

The community will have an opportunity to learn about the services offered to children and adults with special needs.

The family-orientated event will include demonstrations by the students involved in Ride On therapeutic riding as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy programs on horseback.

The Shrimp vs Chef food truck will sell food.

The event will include a tack sale, face and pony paintings, and drinks. Ride On staff and board members will talk about volunteer and involvement opportunities.

The ribbon-cutting is for a new arena funded by the City of Thousand Oaks.

Founded in 1994, Ride On has given over 100,000 individualized lessons and therapy treatments and serves 200 people each week at its 13-acre Newbury Park site and a 3-acre ranch in Chatsworth. The Newbury Park location is operated in partnership with the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

Adaptive Riding emphasizes recreation, riding skills and fun on horseback. Ride On teaches individuals with disabilities. Riding lessons for siblings and the public are offered as space is available.

The therapy program specializes in hippotherapy, which involves a licensed physical, occupational or speech therapist.

Ride On recently partnered with Central Michigan University on a study involving the benefits of equine movement on children with cerebral palsy

To register for the open house, go to the Ride On page on Facebook. For more information, call (805) 375-9078 or go to www.rideon.org.

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