Chi Omegas help out at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding
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.
The Greek organizations at WWU take pride in their
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. 
Cedar Creek provides therapeutic horse riding sessions for
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
Providing therapeutic riding sessions to more than 200 riders
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. 
Cedar Creek focuses on three distinct areas of riding: motion
therapy, in sport therapy and mainstreamed recreational riding. Generally, all
of these areas of riding aid in developing coordination, balance and active
Riders are expected to help with grooming and managing the
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. 
According to Nikki Bell of Mukilteo, Wash., one of the best
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
about it. 
“We did a lot of stuff that day,” Bell said.  “I helped clean the barn, lead the horses,
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. 
For Isabella Long of Fulton, the day was a bit “nerve racking.”  Not being familiar with horses, she felt a
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.” 
Recalling the day, she said it was a very exciting day
despite the moments of apprehension. 
“I feel like it was a good way to volunteer,” she said.  “It was a job that needed to be done.” 
Going on a trail ride was a fun part for Kaylee Ferrier of
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
The new members of Chi Omega even met an alumna who was there
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. 
The riders at Cedar Creek that day may have felt like they
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.
New members of Chi Omega at William Woods University gather
to lend a hand at Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding
Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center is the
perfect place for a trail ride, new members of Chi Omega at William Woods University learned