FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Liz Shorb
PA National Horse Show
Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Awards Grants
Buffalo, New York Organization Receives Funding
Harrisburg, PA—August 31, 2014— The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation recently announced the recipients of this year’s grant program. The foundation awarded a total of $15,000
to 19 organizations that provide therapeutic riding and horse rescue programs.
The PA National Horse Show Foundation also continued its long-standing support of the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation with an additional $15,000 grant, which will be used to benefit local youth organizations.
This year’s grant recipients include organizations which provide equine therapy for people with disabilities, as well as programs that aide in the care and rescue of horses in need. A complete listing of organizations receiving funds can be found online at www.PAnational.org/our-foundation/.
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo was the only New York based organization to receive funding this year.
According to Liz Shorb, President of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, “The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation is proud of the continuing support we are able to give to deserving organizations that make a difference in the lives of special needs children and provide much needed care for neglected and abandoned horses.” Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated close to $2 million to charitable organizations. This year, funding was distributed to organizations in seven states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Texas, New Jersey and West Virginia.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S., hosting horses and competitors from across the country with 20,000 spectators attending from the Mid‐Atlantic region. With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $485,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National. The ten day event is held annually in October at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. This year’s event will be held October 9 – 18. Show details and a complete schedule is available at www.PAnational.org.
There is a unique bond between horses and people that can be particularly meaningful to children with disabilities. Riding programs provide a relaxing, non-academic environment in which children can interact with adults and peers and more importantly with their horse.
Research has shown that therapeutic riding programs offer physical, psychological, social and educational benefits to special students. The riders themselves show us the benefits through their smiles, determination and their sense of accomplishment.
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is the only indoor riding facility uniquely located in the heart of the city of Buffalo, and has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for 10 years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16.
The classes are limited to four students to enforce a safe and fun experience. Each class is designed to achieve special goals that meet the requirements of the group and the individual. Programs are designed and taught by a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Volunteers are always needed and are an invaluable part of the program. They can assist with horse care, handling or serving as a friend.