Riding program gets sponsorship, planning summer camp
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 09, 2012 | 4443 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EASI executive director Melissa Searcy and horse Gonzo visited Scott Crump Toyota on Saturday. Photo by: Elane Jones
EASI executive director Melissa Searcy and horse Gonzo visited Scott Crump Toyota on Saturday. Photo by: Elane Jones
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Summer is no time for slowing down at Equines Assisting Special Individuals, a local therapeutic riding center.

Executive director Melissa Searcy recently announced that two of the program’s horses, Gem and Samson, have received sponsorships for a year from the Morgan stallion Astronomicallee.

Astronomicallee, one of the Top 10 producers of champion Morgan horses in the world, was born in 1999 at Shingle Branch Farm in Jasper and now stands at stud in Pennsylvania.

Searcy said four of EASI’s eight horses have currently received sponsorships.

“That money helps cover farrier and vet care, dental, special supplements — anything that we need to purchase for that horse during the year,” Searcy said.

Also, EASI will soon be sponsoring its inaugural All-Abilities Unified Summer Riding Camp.

The inclusive camp will be held July 16-20 for ages 4 to 11 and July 23-27 for ages 12 and up. The cost to participate is $150.

Space is limited to 10 campers per week.

Horsemanship and basic riding skills will be covered. Crafts, games and lunch will also be provided.

All activities will correspond with the 100th Anniversary of the Olympic Equestrian Games.

Searcy said one of the purposes of the camp is to allow youth to experience EASI and to interact with their peers who have special needs.

“It’s something fun for all of the kids. The horses unify everybody,” Searcy said.

To register, call 387-7486.