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Lovelane Luncheon Raises Awareness at Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic

Hamilton, MA – September 10, 2006 –The 17th Annual Jumper Classic proudly hosted the Lovelane Farm luncheon to benefit the special needs horseback riding program.

The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic showcases some of the best horses and riders competing for over $200,000 in prize money. Today’s spectators at the Lovelane Farm Luncheon cheered on Olympic riders while supporting their wonderful cause and enjoyed dining in a private ringside tent. The tent overlooked all of the show jumping action on the scenic Coldwell Banker Previews Grand Prix Field.

Lovelane Farm is based in Lincoln, MA, and has eight Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, Speech Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. The organization was founded in 1988 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1992. Lovelane offers personalized horseback riding therapy to children and young adults who have physical, mental, social, emotional, or learning disabilities.

From its inception, Lovelane’s program has provided traditional therapies in an alternative setting, using the horse to help deliver the therapy. The program of therapeutic riding utilizes the horse and its movement to facilitate the child’s specific therapeutic goals. There is also a dedicated therapy room for treatment off of the horses before and after riding.

This is Lovelane’s fourth year at the Jumper Classic, and the number of guests attending the luncheon has grown consistently each year. Now it has attracted several sponsors, such as Pollack Brother Tree and Landscape Service, Middlesex Savings Bank, Inchworm, Dogwatch, National Development, Upham Landscape Company, Carpentry As an Art, and The Capital Financial Group.

Over two hundred guests enjoyed a lunch catered by David’s World Famous Restaurant, with plenty of conversation and fun for all. Bright pansies and sunflowers decorated the round, white tables. Sponsors, as well as children, visited with Lovelane therapists and directors and had the opportunity to discuss the non-profit organization.

There are 100 children involved with the program currently, and there is also a waiting list of 150. The facility was recently updated in Lincoln, MA, and now has an indoor arena. Lovelane started an endowment campaign to ensure the new facilities future.

“Riding horses is extremely empowering to the children,” explained Demie Lyon, Program Development Director. “Tremendous self-confidence comes from being able to participate in a physical sport. Parents recognize the benefits from therapy, but all that the kids notice is the fun,” she added with a smile.

For more information on Lovelane Farm, please visit their website at http://lovelane.org.

Photo Credit: Sponsors enjoying Lovelane Luncheon at the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic. Photo by Jennifer Ross.


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