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Connecting With Horses Through Riding, Competing And Therapy

08/10/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Cornelius "Con" Hogan feeds his favorite horse, Pepper, a sugar cube at the Hogan's family-run horse farm in Plainfield.
Summer is the time for horse lovers in Vermont. There are big show jumping and dressage events around the state this month, and the weather is prime for riding. We talk about everything from trail riding and competing, to horse-assisted therapy and the human-horse connection with our guests:  Ruth Lacey, marketing director for the Vermont Summer Festival horse show in East Dorset; Amber Broderick, the director of the National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury; Stephanie Lockhart, the founder of the Center for America's First Horse in Johnson, which is committed to saving the Colonial Spanish Horse, and longtime trainer, teacher and rider; and Sarah Seidman, owner of Pease Farm Stable in Middlesex, and executive director of Vermont Horse Assisted Therapy.

Also on the program, the Agency of Human Services has been struggling in recent months to keep up with some of its assigned responsibilities.  In December, we learned about a backlog in the Department for Children and Families in processing economic benefit applications-things like Reach Up, Medicaid, and food stamps. And a few months ago it became clear that Adult Protective Services was way behind in investigating cases of abuse in elderly and vulnerable Vermonters. In both cases, Vermont Legal Aid got involved in coming up with a solution and working with the individual departments in getting back on track. We hear from Legal Aid attorneys Christopher Curtis and Barbara Prine about where things stand in that process. 

And as part of our weekly Summer School series, we head out on Lake Champlain to learn to sail.

Related Links

Vermont Horse-Assisted Therapy Center for America’s First Horse National Museum of the Morgan Horse Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show Community Sailing Center
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