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Centaur Stride offers free horsemanship clinics

April 3, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Centaur Stride is offering horsemanship clinics each Saturday beginning April 5 and ending May 3. The sessions take place from 2:30 -4 p.m. and are open to children ages 8 to 16 years of age who are siblings of children with disabilities (Sibshops), participants of Compeer, Children of actively serving soldiers in war areas or children of wounded warriors (disabled veterans). This is a free clinic.

Reservations are required and participants must commit to all 5 lessons for the full clinic. Clinic includes barn and horse safety, ground lessons and riding lessons. Children under 12, or with any medical disability must have a parent or guardian on premises during the clinic. Group size is limited.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the website at on the Program page. Parent signature is required and a physician signature if there is a physical disability.

Dress includes a tie shoe or sneaker, long pants, and dress for the weather. There is an indoor riding arena, but it is not heated and the barn is usually colder inside than outside. Bring gloves and a hat if it is cold. Helmets are provided. No dangling jewelry, phones, or electronic devices near the horses. Behavioral code of conduct applies (ie.anyone with behavior that could increase risk of injury to a horse, another person or themselves will be instructed that their behavior is a risk and if that behavior does not change to compliance, they will be asked to leave the premises).

For questions call Claudia at 269-4386. To register, call the barn at 326-4318. Directions to Centaur Stride can be found on the website.

This series of clinics is free through grant funding from The Children's Guild of Buffalo. We continue to try to show there is a need and desire for these services, and will be measuring outcomes through surveys and attendance.



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