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24 - CAPE GAZEq['rE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 Spring Beach Ride & Walk-athon set for Cape park March 28 Proceeds to benefit those in need of therapeutic riding Horseback tiding has been doc- umented to promote various in- trinsic social, emotional and phys- ical benefits and is often used as a therapeutic activity for children and adults with disabilities. In an effort to promote and fund these healing aspects of horseback tiding, Katarina Burroughs, pro- gram director of the Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recre- ational Horseback Riding, Inc. (SDTRHR), announced that a Spring Beach Ride & Walk-athon 1998 will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Cape Hen- lopen State Park, Lewes. Having been working for 10 years in the Cape Region with special needs children from the Sussex Consortium, in conjunc- tion with the Rehoboth Beach Ki- wanis Club's hippotherapy pro- gram, she recently formed a non- profit corporation devoted to fur- thering the cause. "It was Jeff 'Moose' Moore who initiated the program and now we have 50 to 75 riders com- ing two mornings a week to the farm," Burroughs said of her sta- bles and outdoor riding ring off Beaver Dam Road, Lewes. After two recent semesters of training at Thorncroft in Malvern, Pa., Burroughs, a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, has been certified as a therapeutic rid- ing instructor. She has now em- barked upon this full-fledged ef- fort to raise awareness and acces- sibility to the psychosocial bene- fits of riding horses. "The motion and heat of the horse not only aid a rider's blood circulation and reflexes, but also gently exercises the rider's spinal column, joints and muscles. The horse's three-dimensional move- ment provides a combination of sensory and neurological input that can be used to address a vari- ety of disabilities," Burroughs, a Angle Moon photo Katarina Burroughs, founder and director of Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding, Inc., assists two riders, David Seipp, standing, of Georgetown, and Thomas Mills of Lewes, who sits atop "Niska." Burroughs is coordinating a Spring Beach Ride & Walk-athon on Saturday, March 28, at Cape Henlopen State Park, to benefit riders who are unable to afford the service. Sussex Black Women's Self-Esteem Workshop set The Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present a Black Women's Self-Esteem Workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 14, at First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown. Presenters will be Zakeiya Bakari of Seaford and Brenda Whitchurst of Milford. Afternoon demonstrator will be Monique Cornish. All those interested are invited to attend and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Christine Harris at 629-4477 or 856- 5243. native of Sweden, explained. Riding can also serve as an al- ternative to muscular therapy or exercise equipment, and, unlike some more traditional therapy ses- sions, horses provide a more moti- vating, richer therapeutic environ- ment, combining fresh air and the outdoors with the emotional con- tact and movements of a horse. "Learning how to take care of the horse is an important element - the students are encouraged to learn grooming, saddling, bridling and caring for the horse. This not only teaches responsibility, but al- so helps increase the attention span and self-discipline of the rid- er," said Burroughs, whose formal training started in 1958 at Djur- sholms Ridskola in Sweden. Specific benefits include the following: Physical - improved balance; strengthened muscles; improved coordination, faster reflexes and better motor planning; increased range of motion of the joints; im- proved respiration and circulation. Psychological - general sense of well-being; improved self-confi- dence; increased interest in one's own life; improved risk-taking abilities; development of patience; emotional control and self-disci- pline. Social - friendship; develop- ment of respect and love of ani- mals; enjoyment; mutual respect. Through formation of this non- profit corporation and holding the Spring Beach Ride & Walk-athon, Burroughs hopes to raise funds to sponsor riders who can't afford this therapy. She also is in the process of writing to the govern- ment and foundations in an effort to procure grants to help defray the cost of the maintenance and equipment for the horses and of- flee expenses. Volunteers for the ride and walk-athon are also needed, and Burroughs welcomes any commu- nity support from organizations and individuals who would like to help sponsor a child rider. Those wishing to participate in the ride & walk-athon must pre- register and obtain a sponsor- form, requesting a pledge of 50 cents or more per mile ridden or walked. Those who raise $30 or more will receive a Spring Beach Ride '98 T-shirt, while those rais- ing $125 or more receive a shirt and sweat shirt. The highest fundraiser will receive a surprise gift. A free lunch will be provided to all participants, with a rain date of Saturday, April 4, scheduled. For registration and more infor- mation, contact Burroughs at 645- 2780. YOU'LL FIND SEVERAL DEFINITIONS FOR THE WORD COMMUNITY: l.A group of people riving in the same locale. 2.A sharing in. common. 3-Joint ownership or participation. By combining elements of all three definitions you get some- thing close to the concept of an "aaP community. Lewes Polar Bear Jump for Special Olympics February 1997 MEMBER FDIC Rehoboth Beach Milford 226-9800 424-2500 Long Neck Seaford 947-7300 628-4400