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 ROCKING HORSE RANCH THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM

1721 BLUE BANKS FARM ROAD
GREENVILLE, NC 27834
252-752-0153
INFO@RHRNC.COM

NEWS
The 2019 Spring session began Monday,  January 28, 2019 and will run for 12 weeks through the week of April 26, 2019. We will not hold lessons the week of March 3-10 due to Spring Break. Lessons will be scheduled  Monday through Fridays, with Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays afternoon and evening lessons, and Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon lessons offered.


The 2019 Summer I lesson session will consist of 6 weeks of lessons beginning the week of 5/20 and running through the week of 6/28. The 2019 Summer II lesson session will consist of 4 weeks of evening only lessons beginning the week of 7/8 and running through the week of 8/2. Lesson costs remain $25/week.  

Students will be scheduled once a week in 30 minute private lessons or longer if participating in group lessons.  Interactive Vaulting lessons are typically 1 hour long.  A deposit of $50 is required to hold a lesson space, with balance due at the first lesson.  Scholarships may be available for students who qualify by providing required documentation. 

Summer 2019 New Volunteer Orientation / Training

An orientation and training for new volunteers will be held on Thursday May 16 from 6-7:30pm at the barn. You must attend a volunteer training session before you may volunteer. Lesson program volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to physically walk briskly for 30 minutes to keep pace with a horse and help support a rider.  New volunteers will be given an overview of the program and a tour of the facility.  Afterward, they will each have an opportunity to practice what they have learned about sidewalking (no horse experience necessary) with some of our staff role-playing student riders.  New volunteers with intermediate level horse experience are invited to stay for the component on leading in a lesson, and to try out for the position of horse leader. 

All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one lesson a week (about 45 minutes) for the entire block of lessons.  No advance registration is required for this orientation; please call the barn office (752-0153) if you need additional information.  Please come prepared to work outside around the horses - wear  sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  The volunteer registration form can be accessed here and the volunteer training manual can be downloaded here .
 
Scholarship Fund
 
In 2018, the RHR Scholarship Fund was able to sponsor over 400 individual lessons for dozens of particpants. Thanks to the following organizations whose grants and donations have helped support our Scholarship Fund in 2018: Roanoke-Cashie Youth Dream Team, ECU SOTA, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Greenville Morning Rotary, University City Kiwanis, VFW Auxiliary Charles Gray Morgan Post 7032,Walmart #6216,Wells Fargo Foundation, and Women for Women Foundation for their grants and contributions for our Scholarship Fund. In addition many individuals donated to the scholarship Fund, and we're grateful to them for their generosity.

Many thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Atherton who created the Lt Col Jack Atherton scholarship this fall.  This scholarship will allow us to offer therapeutic riding lessons to a veteran who would otherwise be unable to afford to participate. The scholarship honors their grandfather, Lt Col Jack Atherton, who was in the USAF and a POW in Germany. He received the Purple Heart, among many other honors. Many thanks to former Executive Director Linda Moran, who continues to volunteer her time on behalf of our particpants and RHR by writing grants.
 
Operating Donations
 
We are very grateful to the Cannon Foundation  for their grant that funded a new roof for the barn, tractor repairs, and pasture maintenance. In addition, we are so very grateful to the late Phoebe Dail, whose generosity to her community is unmatched! Rocking Horse Ranch and many other non-profit organizations owe her so very much! We also extend a huge thank you to the Equus Foundation  for a grant that provides vet and farrier care for our invaluable equine partners!

Last but not least, thank you to the 110 high school, college and adult community volunteers who came to the barn every week and in the process donated 4,300 hours to help with lessons this year; without your efforts this program would not be possible.