June 4, 2012
This horse arena, located at the residence of Dr. Scott and Connie Sue Ellis east of downtown Craig, could be the future site of a therapeutic horse riding center. Nine Yampa Valley residents met Sunday night at the Ellis home to discuss ways to get a local therapeutic horse riding organization established in Craig.
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Nine Yampa Valley residents met early Sunday night at the residence of Dr. Scott and Connie Sue Ellis to discuss the feasibility of developing a therapeutic riding center in Craig. The meeting was organized by Joan Heinz, who has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic riding and more than 10 years of experience as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship instructor. Heinz also works as a children’s service coordinator with Horizons Specialized Services and serves on the Connections 4 Kids Board. Therapeutic horse riding serves a number of different functions, Heinz said, and can benefit people of all ages suffering from a variety of physical, psychological and cognitive challenges.