Aug. 19, 2005
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854;
MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE AT SRU'S NEW
EQUESTRIAN CENTER; UNIVERSITY SEEKS HORSES FOR ADAPTED PHYSICAL
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Ever seen the look of excitement on a
child's face when she rides a horse for the first time.
Ever wonder what becomes of horses after they pass their
make those childhood dreams come true, especially for children with
disabilities, Slippery Rock University seeks donations of older
geldings and mares to offer riding lessons at its new Storm Harbor
will be used to teach basic riding to children and adults who don't
normally get riding opportunities. Put a child with cerebral
palsy, blindness or Down syndrome on a horse and he gains a better
sense of balance and awareness of his muscles, increasing
self-esteem, says SRU's Nancy Banner, exercise science instructor
and coordinator of equestrian education.
Horses should be sound, but older and calm with a gentle
personality, she said. Their use will be carefully monitored
and non-demanding, with veterinary care provided. Those interested
in donating an animal should call 724-738-4924.
Opening this fall
16,000-square-foot Storm Harbor facility opens this fall, occupying
land near N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. The building includes 12 horse
stalls, an indoor riding arena, a fenced in riding area outside,
offices, a kitchen and restrooms.
Harbor will also support SRU's equestrian team.
project was initiated with $380,000 in donation, including
substantial gifts from the late Ethel Carruth of Houston, Texas,
her daughter, Dr. Carolyn Carruth-Rizza, and son-in-law Dr. Paul
Rizza, both retired SRU faculty. Carolyn Carruth-Rizza is chair of
the Story Harbor Advisory Board and a project consultant. Storm
Harbor is the name of her show horse.