13th ANNUAL BBQ & OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER and AUCTION for THE RIGHT PATH RIDING ACADEMY – “A Therapeutic Horseback Riding Facility for Disabled Children”

 

FREE ADMISSION – Sunday from Noon to 4 pm – JOSEPH’s BBQ LUNCH available for $6.00 Adults, $3.00 Children. 

INDOOR ARENA ‘RAIN or SHINE’ EVENT; MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT; DRAWINGS; DOOR PRIZES

LIVE AUCTION at 1:15 PM and SILENT AUCTION starting at NOON:  “Anything & Everything” at Auction, including (but certainly not limited to) REMINGTON BRONZE STATUE, Storm Shelter, Registered Pomeranian puppy, 2 Live Miniature Horses, Horse Supplies and Tack, Hitachi Miter Saw, Furniture, Handmade Quilts, Room Fragrances and Decor, Floral Arrangements, Tiki Bubble Machine, Nautica Watch, Jewelry, Knives, OU & OSU T-Shirts, 6 Foot Subway Sandwich, Pizza for a Year!, Certificates for Dinners or Entertainment and Veterinary Care for Dogs/Cats and LOTS of Other Items!

 

The Right Path Riding Academy is a non-profit organization created to help disabled children and young people. 

Right Path Riding Academy is an organization created to help disabled children enjoy the benefits of therapeutic horse back riding. The benefits that occur because of the horse’s movement are improvement is balance, core strength, posture, mobility. The horse as a motivator can help stimulate children with speech problems and learning delays.

 

Therapeutic horseback riding is used to help people with disabilities.

There are about 800 certified horseback therapeutic centers across the country, according to the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Oklahoma has 12 listed on the NARHA Web site.

Despite the number of facilities, Leslie Kirkland thinks only a small percentage of the population knows about the therapy. Kirkland, a registered physical therapist, said several years ago she read about the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding. After doing market research, she said there was potential for such a facility to succeed in Oklahoma. About 14 years ago she opened The Right Path Therapeutic Riding Academy in Drumright. On a weekly basis the facility helps 30 to 35 children.

“We have indoor and outdoor arenas. Children attend a 1 hour class once a week and class days are Mon.through Fri., days and evenings.

Fundraising activities occur throughout the year, and our major fundraiser is this BBQ OPEN HOUSE, to be held this Sunday, October 25,” Kirkland said.

For more information, please call Leslie Kirkland, 918-352-4110 or 352-4116.

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