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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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Local residents exploring therapeutic horse riding center in Craig

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.

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