Ms. Taylor is the UTTH program director and a Professional Therapeutic Horsemanship Association (P.A.T.H.) certified instructor and organized the UTTH lead line, showcasing the students at UTTH.
UTTH executive director, Amber Higgs said, "this is a great opportunity for our kinetically and physically challenged children to showcase their riding skills at their first major horse event. Each rider is provided a leader and/or a walker depending on rider experience and rider capabilities.
On hand for the event to cheer on the riders at the famed Rose Palace, located in Leon Springs, Texas were UTTH rider parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents to celebrate with the riders. Once the lead line exercise was completed each UTTH rider was presented an award ribbon for completing the regimented horse exercise opening at the Alamo Dressage Association's annual Schooling Show.
The Alamo Dressage Association (ADA) is a nonprofit Group Member Organization of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). Members of ADA also become Group Members of USDF. Their purpose is to promote dressage interest, knowledge, training and competition in any way possible. They provide opportunities including activities for educational purposes, dressage competitions, and award programs.
UTTH provides therapeutic riding lessons developed around equestrian skill development and progression. Learning to ride is the objective. While learning to ride may be the objective, in the process of learning to ride comes the therapeutic value. The long term goals may be physical, psychological, educational, cognitive, skill and/or recreational based. Therapeutic riding instructors are the primary professionals responsible for the design and implementation of the therapeutic riding session. The lessons can be taught privately, semi-privately or in groups of 3-6 students. The instructors will enlist the help of volunteers to aid the riders during lessons. These assistants may be horse leaders, side walkers or communicators. Depending on the goals of the individual riding students, the instructor may also involve educators or medical professionals to give input to the lesson plan. The UTTH rider objectives came together for the UTTH students at the Dressage show and maximized the opportunity for rider success in a public setting.
Upward Transitions serves Bandera, Bexar, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr and Medina counties and focuses on riders with challenges, special needs school classes, wounded warriors including any veteran with a disability, juvenile justice systems, and at risk youth from a variety of organizations.
You can learn more about the opportunity to ride for disabled and diseased children and adults at Upward Transitions Therapeutic Horsemanship - visit: http://www.upward-