SPUR/Special People United to Ride

February 13, 2019

The next general meeting for the Martha Mary Guild on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, will focus on ‘SPUR/Special People United to Ride’. SPUR is a non-profit that was established in 1981 partnered with the Monmouth County Park System to support the therapeutic equestrian programs at Sunnyside Recreation Area known as ‘The Equestrian Center’, which is located on Middletown-Lincroft Road, Middletown. The Sunnyside Recreation Area is comprised of 135 acres. The Equestrian Center facility opened in 2002 as a resource for all types of riders, horse owners.

With more than a dozen horses, the facility specializes in equestrian programs for people with physical and cognitive disabilities including: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Blindness, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Developmental Delays, Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Scoliosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Tourette Syndrome. The freedom of riding and handling a horse can provide improved physical, emotional and psychological benefits.

SPUR Special People United to Ride 3Sunnyside’s professional team and trained volunteers help students work to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone and posture, and to process sensory messages sent to the brain. Riding a horse provides a variety of physical, emotional, and psychological stimuli. Students meet weekly and work to achieve personal goals with a tailored program of equestrian activities.  Participants may begin riding at age 4 and continue through adulthood.

When not working in lessons, the horses can be found outside in herds. All the horses are ‘barefoot’ (shoeless) and slow feeder hay bags are used. The varied terrain and a turnout track help create the most natural living environment possible. Why not take a drive and visit with family, children, grandchildren to see this special place? Come to the meeting and you will learn more about it. The rosary is at 11:00 a.m. in the Spiritual Center Chapel and BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) will follow in Madonna Hall. There will be special desserts provided by generous members of the Guild. The program will begin around 12:30 pm.

Members are asked to bring contributions for “Fulfill” from the following list.

  • Razors & shaving cream
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Combs & brushes

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