For the sixth consecutive year, Parkwood Farms Therapy Center led the Gwinnett team of special equestrians to the Special Olympics of Georgia Horse Show in Perry, Ga. This year’s show, Nov. 13 – 15, was among the most successful for the Gwinnett team. Seven athletes riding three exceptional horses won 17 medals in the 28 classes entered. But most importantly, the athletes had a great time with their friends, families and the 20 generous volunteers who made the three-day trek.
The Gwinnett team participated in both riding and showmanship competitions. “We are so proud of our athletes,” said Parkwood Farms founder and CEO Dr. Marilyn Peterson. “They practiced hard on their patterns, but riding for the judges in the large arenas can test everyone’s nerves.”
The show requires an enormous amount of planning and effort. That work is done by volunteers, under the supervision of Dr. Peterson. Volunteers practice with athletes and, in most cases, walk within inches from the rider during competitions. Some of the athletes require three volunteers to be present during each ride. The volunteers also care for horses, drive trailers and provide logistical support. “We’re grateful for the Georgia Special Olympics organization- their fundraising and their volunteers, but we could not field a team from Gwinnett each year without our own homegrown volunteers, who work directly with our athletes and our horses,” said Dr. Peterson. “The parents of our special athletes appreciate how much these volunteers enrich the children’s lives both at Special Olympics and during their therapeutic riding sessions at Parkwood Farms.”
Parkwood Farms Therapy Center, Inc. is a multi-discipline therapy center located in Snellville, Ga. In addition to our signature equestrian-based therapies, Parkwood Farms offers non-traditional therapies, such as Chiropractic and Bio-medical nutritional counseling, mild Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and other services in a clinical setting with a spa-like atmosphere. More details are available at www.parkwoodfarms.org.
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2009 Gwinnett Equestrian Team L-R: Hunter Sorenson, Linda Valdez, Brandon Carmack, Lena Busbee, Chris McClintock-Doyle, Julian Stankee. Not pictured: Eric Ermutlu.
Lena Busbee showing Sundance
Chris McClintock-Doyle riding Avatar accompanied by volunteers Candace Houston and Ginger Jones
Eric Ermutlu riding Avatar
2009 Dunwoody Late Harvest Run Sponsored by The Dunwoody Restaurant Group, Operation Boot Camp and Eagle Rock Distributor
5K run/walk on a predetermined course through Dunwoody Begins and ends at the Dunwoody Farm House Party to follow at The Dunwoody Tavern that evening
Saturday, October 17
Registration begins at 8:00 AM at The Dunwoody Farmhouse. Registration closes at 8.45 AM
Run begins at 9:00 AM
Where to Register:
Registration begins…October 1
$25 per runner that includes a t-shirt and dinner. Children under 10 are free
Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Dunwoody Farmhouse and Atlanta Humane Society
The second annual Ride for Rally benefiting the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research will be held at Addictive Cycling/Cafeine Café at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2009.
In honor of childhood cancer survivor Russell Tindol, the 50 mile ride was started last year by the Frazier Cycling members to show their cycling teammate Russell their support and help raise awareness for childhood cancer. Russell has been in remission for one year and is back on his bike!
This year’s ride will offer a 10, 30 or 50 mile option and will be a social ride for all ages and levels. You can register on line until Friday, October 16 or day of registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. There will be a social BBQ after the ride that includes hot dogs & hamburgers for all riders. There will also be live music provided by ACT 13 that will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Sponsored by Frazier Cycling, Addictive Cycling and Allgood Pest Solutions, entry fees for the ride are $30 on line or $35 day of the ride.
We hope you can come join Russell and his family and friends for a bike ride through Buford, Suwanee and Flowery Branch. For more information about the ride, to register for the event or to make a general donation to the Ride for Rally fund please visit www.active.com/donate/rideforrally
About Rally Foundation:
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, Ga. with the sole mission of raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research through volunteer grassroots initiatives. Rally Foundation currently supports 39 research projects across the country that aim to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancers. Visit www.rallyfoundation.org for more information.