Last year Spirit Wind Horse Rescue, the Vision Program and the North Fork Riding School joined forces to help abused and unwanted horses. By all accounts, "Education Join Up" is a success.
"The kids who are in the Vision School and do part of their studies with Helen Denison at the North Fork Riding School have joined up with Spirit Wind Horse Rescue in training some of our horses," Vendla Stockdale of Spirit Wind Horse Rescue said.
One neglected horse that was rescued by Spirit Wind last year has been adopted by one of the students, Savannah Russell, who helped train her. Another horse, a mustang from Cañon City, is currently being trained by Eli Etter. A third horse is being trained by another Vision student.
"We pay $500 which pays for the cost of their tuition with the North Fork Riding School and in return one of our horses is educated and trained to be a fabulous horse for someone," Stockdale said. "This is such an awesome program having local kids work with our rescues and bringing awareness to the plight of the unwanted or displaced horse."
The students have been practicing in the arena at the Delta County Fairgrounds for their performance on Thursday, April 4, from 1-3 p.m.
At Heritage Hall, the Vision School will showcase science fair projects, skits and other displays by students.
North Fork Riding School is located outside of Paonia on Back River Road. Helen Denison teaches students that building a relationship with the abused or wild horse is the way to bond with it and win its trust.
"We got into horse training because we didn't want it to become a lost art," Denison said.
She is expecting a good turnout Thursday because parents enjoy seeing their kids ride. Anyone interested in seeing the horse show is welcome to attend. The North Fork Riding School students will perform a drill team routine.blog comments powered by Disqus