Horse group planning weekend show
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 17, 2011 | 1383 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of the hundreds of children who have benefited from Equines Assisting Special Individuals will perform in the organization’s first student horse show. Photo special to the Eagle
Some of the hundreds of children who have benefited from Equines Assisting Special Individuals will perform in the organization’s first student horse show. Photo special to the Eagle
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Hundreds of children and adults have benefited from Equines Assisting Special Individuals since EASI was founded in 2005.

Some of them will be showing off their skills on Saturday during the non-profit therapeutic riding program’s first student horse show.

“It’s going to be our whole year encapsulated in one day,” said Melissa Searcy, executive assistant to EASI director Kim Hall.

Local teen and equestrian Nellie Stallsmith helped coordinate the horse show.

Approximately 24 riders will be participating and more than 130 guests are expected to attend the event, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the EASI facility on Summerville Road in Jasper.

The competitive spirit found at most horse shows will be replaced with a goal of setting all riders up for success according to their abilities.

Riders will navigate an obstacle course and give their horse the proper instructions for going, stopping and trotting. Some will ride independently while others will have side walkers and leaders.

Searcy said the show should be especially exciting for the family members in the audience who are watching their children ride for the first time.

“Sometimes the parents of our students haven’t really seen what they are doing. If they come with a school group, chances are the parents don’t know what they have been doing when they come here,” Searcy said.

Parents will also have a rare opportunity to socialize, as will the 40 individuals with special needs that EASI serves each week.

“If you come at a particular time, you don’t necessarily know that there are 39 others who come besides you,” Searcy said.

For more information, call 387-7486 or visit EASI on Facebook or at http://easitrc.org.