FALLBROOK – On July 30 and 31, REINS put on another successful Fun Day Horse Show. This year’s theme was Candyland. Barrels were painted with gumdrops, poles were bright purples and yellows, and staff wore bright pink shirts.
Families enjoyed music, hot dogs and refreshments provided by REINS volunteers, Terre Duensing and Marianne Knight. Families and friends cheered for their students during the competition. It was a “sweet” way to kick off Summer Break.
The students demonstrated their riding skills and were scored on two things: Equitation and Obstacle Course. Riders started the obstacle course with a trot, then navigated their horse through weaving poles and barrels, crossing fanned ground poles and ending with a narrow chute.
REINS supporters Joan Saunders, Sally Haddon, Kiersti Wylie, and Leslie Wadsworth had the difficult task of acting as judges for the different classes of students. Supporters including Jeffrey and Linda Campbell representing the Judith Campbell Educational and Community Foundation were invited to pass out ribbons to the deserving participants.
The students have worked all year during their regular riding lessons to reach their goals. The therapeutic equine-assisted activities that REINS offers benefits students by strengthening their muscles, increasing balance and coordination, and even supporting the development of speech and language.
REINS is closed for the month of August and is gearing up for the fall session starting Sept. 6. REINS will be hosting their 26th Annual County Hoedown on Oct. 8. Tickets are available now on their website. For more information about this program, visit https://reinsprogram.org/.
Submitted by REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program.