HED:Event for special needs children to feature horseback ridin

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Event for special needs children to feature horseback riding

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

Special needs children are invited to a horseback riding event April 8 sponsored by Trail of Dreams to help the children and their parents or sponsors get acquainted.

Trail of Dreams was recently incorporated as a nonprofit organization designed to provide therapeutic programs and activities for special needs and disadvantaged children.

Founder and director of Trail of Dreams Rhea McVay said, “Our goal is to provide an opportunity and share the enjoyment of recreational horseback riding with special needs children.”

The event will be held at McCarter Equine Center on Highway 145 in McNairy County just across the stateline from Alcorn County. The center offers an indoor arena.

Two certified horseback instructors and two registered nurses with more than 10 years’ experience in supervising such events will be on hand to help with the children, McVay said.

In addition to horseback riding, there will be face painting, crafts, music, games and pony rides. Each child will be able to have his or her picture made with a horse.

Food is being provided by Arby’s Beef of Corinth.

The activities are open to all special needs children, McVay said, including those with learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairments or other physical or mental disabilities.

“We’ve put a lot of work into this and hope that it will grow,” McVay said. “There is a need like this in the community. If this is a success, we will plan other events.”

Although a $10 per person charge is being requested to help pay expenses, there are some slots available through sponsorships of area businesses, said McVay, who used her own finances to fund the day’s events. She said 100 percent of the proceeds will go back into the community.

In order to have enough food for everyone, McVay urges those planning to attend to preregister. She can be reached at 901-376-8627 at nights and weekends or at 662-287-0825 during the day.