GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Give a person a ride on horseback and they'll likely smile. Put someone with a physical, mental or emotional disorder into a therapeutic riding program and it could be life-changing. That's the message of the Kent Special Riding Program.
More than 9,000 kids and adults have gone through the program over the last 4 decades, and a new Fall session is about to start, but more volunteers are needed to make sure students get the attention they need. For example, each wheelchair rider needs 3 volunteers to walk alongside and assist during a session.
A 501 (c) (3) non-profit, KSRP is hosting their biggest annual fundraiser September 19th &20th. The Hoe Down and Ride-A-Thon are being held at the Ionia State Park. In addition to riding, there's food, music, games and a 5k run. For more information, or to make a donation, click here.