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2008 NARHA Regional Awards Announced

Denver, CO—NARHA released today the 2008 Regional Awards which were celebrated at the 2008 NARHA National Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Nominations for the regional awards are submitted by Member Centers and judged by a diverse committee against specific criteria.

NARHA member centers are divided into eleven regions. The Award winners are listed in their regions below.

NARHA Region 1

Equine of the Year Duke, Riding to the Top, Windham, ME

Instructor of the Year Carolyn Jagielski, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old Lyme CT

Volunteer of the Year Betty Foulk, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Greenwich, CT

Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,Rhode Island, Vermont and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

NARHA Region 2

Equine of the Year Snickers, Shadow Equestrian, Monroeville, NJ

Instructor of the Year Beth Cole, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Abingdon, MD

Volunteer of the Year Elizabeth Woodward, Heritage Christian Stables, Webster, NY

Region 2 includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

NARHA Region 3

Equine of the Year Reverend Thomas, Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, Inc., Leesburg, VA

Instructor of the Year Elizabeth Harris, Ride Like a Knight at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC

Volunteer of the Year David Privette Mountin' Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, Mars Hill, NC

Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

NARHA Region 4

Equine of the Year King, Reins of Life, Inc., South Bend, IN

Instructor of the Year Rebekah Recker, Riders Unlimited, Inc., Fremont, OH

Volunteer of the Year Tim Wolff, The Equestrian Therapy Program, Cridersville, OH

Region 4 includes Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Ohio and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

NARHA Region 5

Equine of the Year Seemore, Heavenly Hoofs Inc., Kissimmee, FL

Instructor of the Year Alison Plaza, Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

Volunteer of the Year Beverly Halfacre, Therapeutic Animal Partners, Kingston Springs, TN

Region 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the also Puerto Rico.

NARHA Region 6

Equine of the Year Haji, We Can Ride Inc., Minnetonka, MN

Region 6 includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

NARHA Region 7

Equine of the Year Stoney, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Wentzville, MO

Instructor of the Year Laura Jensen, Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc., Washington, MO

Volunteer of the Year Helen Dorner, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, Brookfield, IL

Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

NARHA Region 8

Equine of the Year Leroy, ROCK Ride On Center for Kids, Georgetown, TX

Instructor of the Year Boaz Or, EQUEST, Wylie, TX

Volunteer of the Year Jack Carpentier, Horses for Healing, Bentonville, AR

Region 8 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

NARHA Region 9

Equine of the Year Dancer, Forward Stride, Beaverton, OR

Instructor of the Year Wendy Collins, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped, Hailey, ID

Volunteer of the Year Judy Grigsby, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped, Hailey, ID

Region 9 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State in addition to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

NARHA Region 10

Equine of the Year Bravo, nominated by NARHA Instructor Michelle Harrison, Scottsdale, AZ

Volunteer of the Year Ethel Peterson, Horses with H.E.A.R.T. Inc., Dewey, AZ

Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

NARHA Region 11

Equine of the Year Cocoa, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

Volunteer of the Year Ken Bergstresser, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Orinda, CA

Region 11 includes California, Hawaii and Navada.

About NARHA:

NARHA was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. At almost 800 member centers, a total of 42,000 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 riding, a center may offer any number of equine assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, interactive 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 and therapies for individuals with special needs. There are more than 24,000 volunteers, 2000 instructors, 5,700 therapy horses and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at NARHA centers.


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