Beverly Farm Foundation's Community Riding Program is for area children (4 years of age and up) and adults with developmental or physical disabilities. It is an extension of Beverly Farm's Therapeutic Equestrian Program that served residents of that facility since 1990.
The fee-for-service program was initially funded by the (NFL Champion) St. Louis Football Rams Foundation and the Armstrong-McDonald Foundation of Arizona.
Beverly Farm's Equestrian Program Coordinator Yvonne Pilkington heads the program. She has owned and trained horses for 35 years, has conducted riding lessons for children, and has completed training sponsored by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and the American Hippotherapy Association.
Community volunteers have been trained by Pilkington and her staff to assist with the Community Riding Program.
Specially designed exercises, activities and games offer participants the experience and challenges of weight-shifting, balance, and posture improvements. The sessions incorporate empowerment, learning, socialization, self-direction and motor skills improvement.
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