Please help us support the EquiCenter by Donating!
Bella was born 11 weeks early and when she was 3 days old we found out she had a brain bleed and we had no idea what that would mean for her development. She spent almost 8 weeks in the NICU and then immediately started physical therapy. Now that Bella is 4 ½, we know that the bleed caused a weakness to her right side and a delay in all of her gross and fine motor skills as well as her speech. As parents, we try to do everything we can to help support or children in their development and for us, the EquiCenter helps us do that. We are a big proponent of trying to find new therapies that go above and beyond the typicals. One of Bella's therapists recommended the EquiCenter about 2 years ago. We went for a visit and were extremely impressed with what they offer. Bella has been riding there since she turned 3. It is weekly therapeutic riding that focuses on her core strength, bilateral skills and the strengthening of her right side. Her horse’s name is Annie. Annie and Bella enjoy going on trail rides, “trit-trotting” as Bella calls it, and playing games. They have so much fun Bella doesn’t realize it is therapy. Bella is also able to work on her speech while giving Annie directions. The EquiCenter team is amazing in all that they have done to support Bella and this is our opportunity to help give back.
Thanks so much for your support!
Below is a bit more about the event:
RIDE, RUN, STROLL or ROLL:
June 22 8 AM - 3 PM
Presented by Midtown Athletic Club, EquiTrails is a fundraising and awareness building event for the EquiCenter, a therapeutic riding center for individuals with disabilities that will inspire the greater Rochester community to get up, get out, and get active.
RIDE your bike on the 25 mile road course*
RIDE in horseshows throughout the day (EquiCenter students only)
RUN the timed cross-country 5K race through EquiCenter’s 200 acres of hills, fields and woods
STROLL or ROLL the wheelchair accessible and family friendly promenade with views of EquiCenter’s beautiful pastures and horses
Whether participating in the 25-mile bike ride, cross-country run on EquiCenter property, roll & stroll, or watching EquiCenter students ride at the horseshow, EquiTrails participants will be supporting EquiCenter’s mission to foster the personal growth of individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, Veterans and their families through therapeutic equestrian activities.
*This event is NOT a triathlon or duathalon - each event is separate- but you can register for more than one, time permitting with ONE registation fee. If you are registered in the horseshow and want to do another event - let Debi know and she will try to schedule you around a time that is NOT your other desired event time.
Supporting EquiCenter’s life-enhancing therapeutic programs is easy through Crowdrise! You can fundraise individually or create a fundraising team.