Loxahatchee, FL – October 21, 2010 – Recently, international grand prix rider Lauren Hough donated the mount Aspirant “Randy” to the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC). After suffering some health issues, Randy was unable hold up to the rigors of life as a show horse. Hough has always been a supporter of the work at VTRC and felt that Randy’s gentle nature would make him perfect for a new career helping those with disabilities.
“I have always been a big fan of their program; I think they do a fantastic job there,” said Hough. “Randy has a super character and was not able to stay sound enough for the show ring so it seemed like a perfect match.”
Randy is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding who has become the perfect horse for therapy. His gentle nature and “knowing” sense combined with his incredible movement that is therapeutic for many riders have made him very successful. While his manner outside of the ring is sometimes playful, he always knows how to be very careful with his riders.
This month, VTRC Founder and Executive Director Ruth Menor traveled to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at the Kentucky Horse Park. While she was there, she had the opportunity to watch Para-Dressage, a discipline that was participating in the WEG for the first time. This unique discipline offers a wonderful goal for the riders at VTRC.
“We are excited to have a horse of Randy’s caliber in our stable,” noted Menor. “When he came with his own passport we thought that he might never need it again. After watching some of the Para-Equestrian competition at the WEG, we think he could become successful in that show arena. Maybe he will need his passport again!”
VTRC is a nonprofit organization based in Loxahatchee, FL, that provides recreational and therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded in 1982, assists more than 350 adults and children every year, helping them gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. The VTRC has received a “Premier Accreditation” rating from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
For more information on the Vinceremos Therapeutic Equestrian Center, please visit www.vinceremos.com.
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