In the News
Please click here to read a Washington Post article about Jackson, one of our beloved therapy horses.
Special Thanks to Student Myriam, who wrote us this wonderful letter!
“My name is Myriam, I am deaf, and when I was seven years old, I received a cochlear implant. Now I’m fourteen years old, and I’ve been riding at Rock Creek Park Horse Center for about five years. When I was nine, I started riding lessons with Nicky Beveridge. Working with her in the first year gave me the confidence to start participating in group lessons. Since then, riding has been my most favorite thing to do, and I can’t imagine my life without it! Rock Creek Riders’ generosity enabled me to pay for only part of another weekly riding lesson if I helped out with Ponies and Friends classes twice a week. This has benefitted me in more ways than I could have imagined. There is so much more to riding horses than to actually ride on a horse! Spending time with the horses and talking to them is just as important, and the connection I feel with a horse is one of the many reasons I love riding so much.
You know what they say — as you teach, you learn. While I can’t quite say that I am teaching in P & F, I have learned that this quote is quite accurate. I think it’s safe to say I have mastered the art of the leg up — getting a kid comfortably on a horse while also holding onto a pony! More importantly, sharing my love for being with horses with young children is something I am happy I can do through P & F. And I’ve learned so much about a horse’s behavior by leading a horse in a class. For example, I can see that when a child pulls on the reins, the horse won’t look comfortable, but they still do what they’re asked because they know that their rider isn’t experienced enough to tell that they might be pulling just a little bit too hard. So after seeing that a lot, now I think when I’m riding, am I pulling too much? Am I being too forceful to get my horse do do what I want? I think about these things all the time now, because the horse’s comfort matters just as much as the rider’s in riding.
So, in summary, if you can’t tell already, Rock Creek Riders have essentially taught me things that I couldn’t learn anywhere, and I am eternally grateful for that.”
Commemorative coins were presented to the Instructors, Volunteers and Rock Creek Riders from The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in recognition of the service provided to wounded soldiers and veterans.
This video comes courtesy of Verizon Push-Pause, a local news program on the DC-area FiOS1 channel. Our thanks to Push-Pause Executive Producer Aaron Rockett for producing the piece, and for making it available online. Aaron is a DC-area independent filmaker; in addition to working for Push-Pause, he is co-founder of The Full Monte Productions.
Rock Creek Park Horse Center
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)
Horses and Humans Research Foundation
From the CDC: Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury
From the Department of Veterans Affairs: National Center for PTSD
National Park Service
The National Intrepid Center for Excellence (NICoE)