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Finding Friendship With Partners In Equitation

A new friendship has been forged thanks to the "Partners In Equitation" program, which was started in the fall of 2010. Kristen Gardner of Landmark Farm, Inc., and Maribeth Riddenhoff from Utoft Stables are becoming fast friends because of their mutual love and respect for horses. The two riders were "partnered" together and met at the Mid-America Spring Horse Show. They spent an entire evening getting to know each other, exchanging friendship gifts and watching the show. Maribeth visited Landmark Farm, Inc., to meet Kristen’s two horses (Kalarama’s Carrousel and Callaway’s Law and Order). Maribeth enjoyed watching Kristen ride and feeding carrots to the horses at Landmark. In return, Kristen will visit Utoft Stables in the next month to watch Maribeth ride her favorite horse, Bubbles. Both girls look forward to the show season and cheering each other on from the rail.

"Partners in Equitation" is an exciting new program in which saddle seat equitation riders develop a relationship with riders who are enrolled in therapeutic riding programs. The riders will determine, based on their interests and abilities, the nature and extent of how these relationships will be developed. Partners may choose to communicate through emails, telephone, letters, or some form of social networking. To support their partnership even further, a rider may want to show moral support by attending activities in which their partner may be participating. For more information visit their website at or Facebook page: Partners in Equitation.

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