WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There was no horsing around at Russell’s Reach Farm in Wilmington this weekend. Riders competed in a horse show that helped raise money for Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program (CTRP).
CTRP is a program which offers people with special needs therapy through riding horses. Organizers say adapting horseback riding as a sport for special needs kids has many benefits.
“It helps them in a lot of ways from a physical standpoint. They are getting a lot of exercise in areas that they don’t use,” said CTRP Executive Director Kimberly Niggel. “Wheelchair riders are typically not using their core muscles at all when they are sitting in their wheelchair all day. When they are on the horse, it engages a lot of muscles that they don’t normally get to exercise and keep in tone.”
The farm has about 40 riders a week and all staff, including the horses, are trained. To learn more about the cause or the results of the competition, head to http://www.coastalriding.org/.