Mikayla Adams, assistant instructor at the Native Horsemanship Riding Center, stands with Taffy inside the new soon-to-be covered area on Taylor Cutoff Road. The structure helps the center go year-round with its services of helping abused, at-risk, low-income, handicapped and/or special needs children. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Sequim high schoolers help construct new covered area
The bar rose a little higher for the Native Horsemanship Riding Center, 396 Taylor Cutoff Road, last weekend. Eight Sequim High School baseball and football players and a cheerleader helped raise a steel structure onto its foundation to create a covered riding area, said school athletic director Dave Ditlefsen, who also helped.
Ed Marx, executive director for the center, said the soon-to-be complete structure will help the center go year-round with its services. Native Horsemanship Riding Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers low-impact therapeutic riding programs to help abused, at-risk and/or handicapped children.
Organizers say it creates a situation of trust and cooperation that promotes self-esteem, instills a sense of responsibility and imparts positive life skills that carry over to school, social and home life.
Participants can ride one of 14 horses and get hands-on experience in grooming, feeding and equestrian knowledge.
The center is open at 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday for riders. Programs are available for adults. Fees apply. The all-volunteer center opened in 2006 and continues to seek volunteers because one to two helpers are needed per rider.
For more information on the center, call Marx at 457-8525 or Yvette Ludwar, director of operations, at 582-0907 or look for the center on Facebook.
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