EASI team taking part in rodeo
by David Lazenby
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EASI adult drill team 
members Kathy Jones and Kristen Martin, practice their routine last week at the EASI facility in Boldo.
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A special event is planned for the upcoming rodeo being held June 18-19 at the Jaycees Fairground Arena in Jasper.

A new adult drill team formed by Equines Assisting Special Individuals, a non-profit organization better known as EASI, will be performing a routine for the first time in front of an audience.

The two team members Kathy Jones and Kristen Martin, have been practicing for the event in which they will ride their horses in a synchronized pattern set to music.

The team's instructor, Beckie Herron, who is Martin's mother, said the women are excited about the upcoming event. However, she admited that Jones is anxious about it.

"She's extremely nervous about it since this will be her first time riding in front of a crowd," Herron said.

Kimberly Hall, the executive director of EASI, said the demonstration will also be a first for EASI, which has never taken part in a public horse-riding event.

Hall added that the drill team has been extremely beneficial for Kristen, who's horse, Sam, was formerly Hall's barrel riding horse.

Herron agreed, adding that "EASI has been a blessing to us."

It has really helped her social skills being an EASI horse handler and participant," Herron said.

Hall said the team has also boosted Martin's self confidence and helped with her coping sklls."She deals with problems better than she did when she first started," Hall said.

Jones, the other team member, who is Martin's aunt, was instrumental in getting Martin involved in the EASI program, according to Herron.

Hall said the center is looking at forming a children's drill team in the near future.

However, she knows from her experience with the adult team that this is no easy feat. "We've been working on this for a long time," she said about the current drill team.

Hall said the team wouldn't be ready to ride in the rodeo if it weren't for Herron's hard work.

"Beckie has done a tremendous job," she said. She also gave kudos to Christine Perry, another EASI volunteer, who has worked with team.

"I'm proud of them all," Hall said.