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Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program®

  Therapy Program:

Therapeutic Riding and Driving
Copper Crest Riding Therapy
                                      Program®Purpose: The purpose of the Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program® is to provide recreational therapeutic riding and driving for children and adults with physical handicaps, mental impairments, and/or emotional disorders.  Specific activities and exercises associated with horseback riding and driving help strengthen abilities and reduce limitations of each individual participant.

Participants: Children or adults who are physically handicapped, mentally impaired, or emotionally disturbed.

Safety: Safety is paramount.  Only gentle well-trained horses are used, and participants are taught to move carefully around the horses.  Special safety equipment is used where needed.  Trained volunteer helpers walk beside or ride with the participants whenever there is a need for assistance.  All riding and driving is carefully supervised by the program instructor.

Contributions: Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program® welcomes and relies upon contributions.

Sponsorship: Sponsorship is available for participants with limited resources.

Volunteers: A vital part of the program's success is volunteer support.  Volunteers may function in a number of roles, including leading horses and walking beside riders.

If you know someone who might benefit from this program, or if you would like to make a contribution, be a sponsor, or volunteer, please contact Pam Umberger.  Contributions may be tax deductible.

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Comments From Participants:
Copper Crest Therapy Program

Testimonials given by Copper Crest Farm clients.

Benefits of Riding and Driving Therapy

Riding Improves: Body Awarenes, Muscle Tone and Body Strength, Agility, Balance, and Body Control

Driving Improves: Balance, Trunk and Arm Strength, Fine and Gross Motor Coordination, Cognition, and Trunk and Head Control

In addition, riding and driving therapy also benefits the participants in the following ways: Improves self concept, Builds trust, Boosts confidence, Enhances sense of direction and spatial judgment, Fosters communication and socialization skillls, Sharpens concentration, Encourages independent decision making, Heightens sensitivity to surroundings, Relieves stress and decreases anxiety, Encourages relaxation, Opens fellowship of shared experiences, Improves quality of life, Provides new challenges and rewarding opportunities

All activities are geared to the abilities and needs of the individual consumer.  Helmets are available.

DONATED SPONSOR MONEY is available for participants who do not have adequate funds.
Clients' Comments:

"I enjoy horseback riding because it is something that I had never done before...  I just want to say thank you to our sponsor for allowing us this treat.  The first time I went I couldn't wait to tell my parents that I got on a horse, they didn't believe me!  They said that I have always been afraid of animals bigger than a puppy.  I had to laugh, look at me now!"

"I would like to thank you for the riding lessons that I am receiving.  I am originally from Yonkers, NY, and we never saw any farm animals.  When I was a little girl, I always wanted to ride a horse; it's always been a dream that I have had.  So thank you for making a dream come true for me.

Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program® is a registered non-profit organization.
CCRTP is funded by United Way of Wythe County.

Indoor Arena • Outdoor Riding & Driving Areas

Pam Umberger
Copper Crest Farm
987 Rose Hill Road
Wytheville, Virginia 24382
Phone:  276-228-5817

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