Center has been providing horseback riding therapy to people with disabilities in the mid-Missouri area since 1988. Recently,
students from William Woods University went there to help.
philanthropies and their dedication to community service. This year, the new members of Chi Omega
decided to donate their time to Cedar Creek, south of Columbia.
people who are physically and mentally challenged. The movements of the horses have shown to
have physical benefits on riders. Riders
also develop bonds with the animals and experience a sense of
per year, Cedar Creek relies heavily on volunteers to continue their charitable
work. The new members at Chi Omega were
eager to help, and on Nov. 3, they traveled to Cedar Creek to assist the
riders in any way they could.
therapy, in sport therapy and mainstreamed recreational riding. Generally, all
of these areas of riding aid in developing coordination, balance and active
stables. They also play games on horseback, and Cedar Creek encourages all of
the riders to take part in horse shows and similar events. All of these activities encourage good
attitudes and a sense of accomplishment for the riders.
parts of the day was when each rider received a ribbon. She said it was rewarding to know that she
had helped those children receive their awards and that they were so excited
and I also helped hold the riders up on their horses.” She also enjoyed riding the horses bareback to
the pasture at the beginning of the sessions.
bit out of place. “I had to muck the
stalls and I was really scared. The instructor told me to be really careful
because the ammonia could damage the horseshoes.”
despite the moments of apprehension.
Centertown, Mo. Some of her jobs
included mucking stalls, cleaning out watering bins and helping the
riders. She said the best part of the
day was being able to help the children and seeing the smiles on all of their
helping out. Seeing her, showed the collegiate members that giving a few hours
of your free time and developing a practice of community service can have an
impact that lasts a lifetime.
were being pampered with all the extra attention, but the new members at Chi
Omega were the real winners at the end of the day.
to lend a hand at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding
perfect place for a trail ride, new members of Chi Omega at William Woods University learned