When Special Olympics Equestrian comes to the Payne County Fairgrounds on November 2, Turning Point Riders will be ready to ride.
Last year, the program took riders to the event for the first time and came home with more than two dozen medals.
Even more important, riders developed memory skills and patience far beyond expectations as they learned and practiced events they had not known before. Some built trail courses or walked them on foot before riding them. Others rode independently for the first time. A few practiced Showmanship over and over to develop the knowledge of where to move when the judge moves and how to handle a 1200 pound horse. Everyone came away with a new sense of pride and teamwork — life skills that will last even longer than the glow of a medal and a round of applause.