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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 2018 Fall session will begin Monday, September 10th and run for 10 weeks until Friday, November 30th.   Lessons will be scheduled  Monday through Fridays, with Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays afternoon and evening lessons, and Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon lessons offered. Our fall session starts the week of September 10th and runs for 10 weeks through the week of 11/30.  We will be closed the week of 10/22 – 10/26 for our annual PATH International conference and also for the week of Thanksgiving 11/19- 11/23,


The 12 week long Spring 2019 Session will begin the week of  1/28 and run through the week of 4/26/19.

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. 

Fall 2018 New Volunteer Orientation / Training

An orientation and training for new volunteers will be held on Thursday,  September 6th from 6 - 7:30  at the barn. 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 2017, 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 2017:   The Equus Foundation , Roanoke-Cashie Youth Dream Team, James J. and Mamie Richardson Perkins, The Mildred Sheffield Wells Charitable Trust, Greater Greenville Community Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Greenville, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, University City Kiwanis Club, and Women for Women Foundation for their grants and contributions for our Scholarship Fund.

 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
 
Thank you to Andy's Charitable Foundation,  Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, St. James United Methodist Church, and the Greater Greenville Community Foundation for their grants to support RHR general operating expenses this year.  Thank you to Kiwanis Club of Greenville / University City for a grant which provided new helmets for our riders. 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.