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Christmas Comes Early to Pony Club Riding Center

Tuesday, November 29, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Press Contact: Shelley Mann, Shelley@PonyClub.org

Pony Club: www.ponyclub.org, 859-254-7669

Christmas Comes Early This Year to One Deserving Pony Club Riding Center

Lexington, KY, November 29, 2011—Wintec Saddles partnered with Pony Club to provide a variety of display saddles for educational participants to use in the youth pavilion during the National Horse Show in early November. Then the saddle manufacturer took it a step farther: Wintec and Pony Club selected the worthy charity Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), a Therapeutic Riding Facility and a Pony Club Riding Center that is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, as the recipient of the brand new saddles used at the show. Wintec saddles will not only help these riders reach their riding potential, the saddles will also help keep the therapy horses comfortable during lessons. Jenny Jackson, Lead Instructor at CKRH, couldn’t be happier with the donation. "We have needed new saddles for some time now, but budgetary restrictions during these economic times have prohibited us from making such a big expenditure. In the past, we have had to make it work the best we could with used saddles that were donated to us. Often, several horses shared the same saddle. But now, with this donation from Wintec, we have new saddles that are in perfect condition, and we can fit them properly without having to use extra padding. We are so conscious of our horses’ backs and protecting them. To have a horse out of commission is so devastating to our riders who depend on them to provide that ever-so-important movement, not to mention the pure joy and fun of riding.”

Wintec’s Kristen Barletta, who made this donation to CKRH possible, said, "As a sponsor and proud supporter of Pony Club, Wintecis thrilled to donatethis range of brand new Wintec Saddles to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Wintec saddles have always been a top choice for use in Therapeutic Riding programs.Our lightweight, durable saddlesput ridersinto a secure, correct position and can be custom fit for each horse in the program. We know that these new saddles will give the horses and riders of CKRH many years of service!”

About CKRH - Under the guidance of trained instructors, volunteers and medical personnel, disabilities are challenged and new abilities are created at CKRH, an official Pony Club Riding Center and the only one currently affiliated with a Therapeutic program. This 30 year-old program is located at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park. CKRH originated in the fall of 1981 to provide horseback riding for therapeutic purposes and to offer social and recreational activities. The non-profit program has proved highly successful in helping people with a wide range of disabilities to develop self-esteem, confidence, coordination and a sense of achievement while learning horsemanship, tack and riding principles. CKRH is completely dependent upon community support. Funding and volunteer support is provided by numerous individuals as well as various community service-based organizations.

About Wintec – Bates Australia’s innovative approach to saddle manufacturing saw the worldwide release of the Wintec range of saddles in 1986. Wintec was the first saddle to be manufactured from high-tech synthetic materials and set about modernizing an industry firmly planted in tradition. Wintec Saddles were extraordinarily lightweight, easy-care, high quality and fun with a range of bright colors available. Wintec saddles provided riders around the world with a quality alternative to leather saddles that sought to create more time for riders to to spend with their horses. It was accepted enthusiastically by riders at all levels, including Olympians. The excellence of the Wintec range was demonstrated during the 1992 Olympics, when Isabell Werth rode in a Wintec saddle in the gold medal-winning German Dressage team. To learn more about Wintec’s latest innovations, and to see the complete range of Wintec Products, go to www.wintec-saddles.com.

About Pony Club— The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country www.ponyclub.org.

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