Riders cap off the season with a judged contest of various horsemanship skills
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Riders in the 2012 PETS riding season will have the opportunity to show off all they have learned and practiced this year in a end of season competition other under the new covered riding arena at the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, Show Place Arena on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
Since May of this year riders in the therapeutic skill-based program have participated in lessons and instruction given three nights a week at the center with the goal of having their performance judged in a competition. The PETS program focuses on providing residents of Prince George’s County with various disabilities the opportunity to learn to ride horses and care for them with instruction based on their abilities. The end results of the lessons are a time where the riders show their skills in three events: obstacles, dressage and barrels.
On Saturday riders will be facing one course designed to test their ability to guide their horse through various obstacles where the direction comes from the rider’s body. On to the dressage ring, riders will perform from memory various patterns which test the physical ability to guide the horse in different directions and speed. In the final course riders will see who is the fastest, within safe practice, to ride a timed pattern around barrels similar to Western barrel racing.
During the Show Off event, PETS will announce the winner of the first PETS/R&D Cross Horse of the Year Award. As part of a way to recognize a local Upper Marlboro business and introduce its horses to the community and supporters, PETS will have tallied two weeks of paper and online votes and instructors will pick the most popular horse that has served the program well during the current riding season.
The PETS 2012 Show Off will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25 at the covered arena located at the rear of the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center. During the day volunteers will be available to answer questions about the program, horses and various fundraising activities. For more information about the event or PETS contact 301-627-4308.
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Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, Inc. (PETS) is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit PATH Int. Premier Accredited center providing skill-based horseback riding lessons, at no charge, to children and adults of Prince George’s County dealing with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, PETS operates out of the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, Show Place Arena.