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NARHA Holds Horse Fair Nov. 11 in Indianapolis

DENVER, CO - November 11, 2006, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association will hold an all-day NARHA Horse Fair with demonstrations and hands-on sessions at the new Hendricks County 4-H Fair Grounds and Conference Complex in Danville, Indiana. The fair is part of the four-day 2006 NARHA Conference and Annual Meeting at the Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis. A special one-day pass is available for only $125.

As NARHA’s premier educational event, the conference is geared to all horse people interested in learning about equine assisted activities and therapeutic riding and includes seminars, exhibits, silent auction and an awards banquet night. Nearly 100 NARHA riding instructors, administrators, professors and therapists will offer presentations on the field’s current research.

Saturday’s all-day NARHA Horse Fair is an exciting day of demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Workshops include vaulting, driving, bits and bitting, saddle fit, equine massage and equine chiropractic care. At the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop, you’ll learn how to:

-fix common bitting problems

-prepare riders with disabilities for competition

-fit saddles to horses with less than perfect backs

-prepare driving lessons for special needs students

-give basic pre-and post equine massages

-incorporate vaulting into your riding program

For general conference information, go to http://www.narha.org. For NARHA Horse Fair reservations, contact NARHA at 800-369-7433.

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. At over 700 member centers, more than 38,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic equitation, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities programs for individuals with special needs. More than 24,000 volunteers, 2000 instructors, 5,700 therapy horses, and thousands of contributors from all over the world are helping people at NARHA centers.


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