A small but mighty group of members from the Solvang Senior Center enjoyed a day of beautiful weather, good food, friendship and laughter as special guests of the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program at the Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center.
After a yummy pancake and fresh fruit breakfast, members joined riders, parents and friends for a morning of support and amazement as they cheered on participants of the annual Riders’ Roundup.
From tiny tots to folks in their midlife, every rider went through a Halloween-themed obstacle course of tombstones, giant spiders and spiderwebs with spotters to help them if needed.
Smiles of joy spread across each rider’s face, radiating a sense of freedom and accomplishment as they trotted around the obstacle course. The smiles grew even larger as each rider was awarded their trophy under a cobweb canopy.
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Before Center members loaded up for the trip back to the Center, their dear little friend Teacup paid them a visit. Decked out in her hula costume, she patiently posed for pictures and awaited ear scratches. She seemed to remember the members visiting her several months ago.
Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program’s motto is “Walk, Trot, Heal.” The Center’s mission is to take care of individuals in mind, body and spirit.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the two mission statements were truly fulfilled.