Therapeutic Riding School Prepares to Expand

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

A unique therapy program that's helped hundreds of South Central Kentucky kids is preparing for a major move.

The New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding school plans to purchase this land about a mile away from its current home in southern Warren County.

The county's Board of Adjustments approved a conditional permit last week that will allow the school to build an indoor arena and new facilities to help handicapped riders.

The New Beginnings staff uses horseback riding to teach skills like counting, reading, and communicating to disabled kids.

The program's director says her client list has grown to nearly 60 a year based largely on word of mouth.

"It's not just a pony ride. But we take these children and teach them how to ride," said Julie Peterson, New Beginning's founder.

Betty Dunning's 9-year old son Graham is autistic, so youth league sports aren't a viable possibility.

"I thought if he could just do something with himself that's noncompetitive and he's really enjoyed it, he really has," Dunning said.

New Beginnings relies on private donations to keep it going.

If you'd like to volunteer or contribute you can call the riding school at (270)782-6496.


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