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LOARC Spring 2018 Video

We are so blessed to have earned the trust of the families who have chosen Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center. Check out this beautiful video about the incredible things happening at LOARC!

Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center Expands Services

After volunteering at Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center (LOARC) in Felton for two years, Felton resident Kristy Newstrom has been certified as a therapeutic riding instructor by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).

Newstrom spent eight months preparing to take the challenging certification exam under the tutelage of Melissa Abbey, a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor and equine specialist in mental health and learning at LOARC, and Elizabet Hiatt, center barn manager. To achieve the esteemed certification, Newstrom demonstrated: knowledge of horsemanship, knowledge of how to teach people with any type of mental or physical disability, instructional techniques that accommodate special needs, knowledge of how to use special equipment to compensate for disabilities, concern for safety factors unique to persons with disabilities, as well as her own personal riding skills. Part of the examination was conducted in person at the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center in Naples, Florida, and some tests were on-line.

From Past Time to Passion

“I have found my life’s passion at Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center, and I am honored to be part of a program that brings so much joy to our riders and their families,” said Newstrom. “It’s so rewarding to see how adaptive riding can also improve riders’ self-confidence, communications skills, and physical abilities,” she added.

Newstrom has had a fascination and affinity for horses most of her life, riding occasionally, and working with her friends’ horses. In 2015 while visiting Ojai, Ca, she met a therapeutic riding Instructor who introduced her to the art of working with horses and humans in a therapeutic manner. On the same trip, a friend of hers told her that she should work with horses, because she has a way of working with them that is empathetic, kind, and straightforward. From that moment forward, Kristy has been learning, working, volunteering and doing all she can to be a skillful therapeutic riding instructor.

About Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding offers the opportunity for the rider to view and experience the world in a unique manner—from astride a powerful horse. It supports physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual healing and growth. Horses serve as “therapists” in this journey of exploration, facilitated by qualified, competent certified PATH Intl. riding instructors and a support team of committed, trained volunteers. LOARC horses serve as resident “therapists,” and are seen by our participants as non-judgmental friends.

Center Expands Hours

With the addition of newly PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor Newstrom, LOARC has expanded its hours of operation, from three to six days a week, Monday through Saturday morning. The center is currently enrolling new students. For more information about enrollment or how adaptive riding can be of value to people of all ages with specials needs, email Melissa Abbey at Melissa@loarc.net, call 831-335-2347, or visit lichenoaksarc.org.

About Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center

Founded in fall, 2014, LOARC offers equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for ages five through adult. The Center is dedicated to healing body, mind and spirit, and creating a joyful experience for riders and their families. LOARC is a Member Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and a 501(c) 3 nonprofit serving the San Lorenzo Valley and surrounding areas. The center is located at 114 Quail Hollow Rd, Felton, CA. www.lichenoaksarc.org

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PIP’S CARE at LOARC paid for ONE YEAR by a VERY GENEROUS DONOR!!

On a beautiful day Pat visited LOARC and watched a lesson of one of our amazing young clients that has TBI (traumatic brain injury) and cerebral palsy.  Pip is the therapy horse he rides each week when at LOARC.  Pat was so moved seeing this young client helped so much by Pip that he donated $600 per month for a year to cover all of Pip’s care in memory of his grandson, Arthur, who had TBI and died at age 3.  Pat wanted to do this wonderful gesture with loving memories of his grandson that were brought to mind while watching Pip and this young boy.  Pip and all of us at LOARC THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

LOARC young client with TBI/CP now has an ANGEL DONOR sponsoring him!!

Due to no fault of his own, a 9yr. old boy with TBI and cerebral palsy needed a home.  That was when his grandmother changed her life completely and took her grandson into her home taking full custody and care of him.  Funds are extremely tight and being able to come to LOARC regularly was not an option even though he was being helped immensely by LOARC’s program the few times at LOARC.  Jim Smaha watched one of his lessons and talked to his grandmother.  He was so taken by this young man and his grandmother relating to him how much the therapy riding has helped her grandson, that he is sponsoring him for as long as he wants to come to LOARC!!   The grandmother and all of us at LOARC are thrilled…THANK YOU.

Volunteer Receives Gold Service Award from UCSC

FELTON — Naemi Frey has been recognized by UC Santa Cruz for her exemplary community service at Felton-based Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center (LOARC) for special needs youth and adults during the 2016-2017 academic year. Frey, a Felton resident and UC Santa Cruz junior, was presented a Gold Service award at a ceremony held May 22, 2017.

In love with horses since childhood, Frey started volunteering at LOARC a year ago. She spends several hours each week handling a variety of tasks, from mucking stalls and feeding the horses, to helping with the students’ riding lessons.

As LOARC is a PATH-certified program, in addition to the horse handler, one to two side walkers are required during lessons depending on the ability of the rider. Frey has competently fulfilled both these roles.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to work closely with these amazing, gentle horses and our students, and watch the students learn and progress in the arena,” she said. “Seeing the smile on a rider’s face is one of the greatest rewards of being a volunteer at LOARC.”

Frey’s instructor and mentor at LOARC is Melissa Abbey, a therapeutic riding instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

“Naemi has been a vital volunteer at our Center since her first day,” Abbey said. “She is a model of calmness and consistency, which is so important when working with horses. Her kindness and gentle demeanor has helped many students overcome their fear of horses and gain greater independence. I’m glad that UCSC has acknowledged her work with this award.”

When she first heard about LOARC, Frey was overjoyed to discover that there was a place where she could gain experience in the field that she has decided to pursue, animal assisted therapy, and simultaneously spend time with one of her favorite animals. “I have learned so much more than I ever thought was possible at LOARC, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute at the center and to help others. It’s been a dream come true,” she exclaimed.

Located in Felton, LOARC aims to help young people or adults having “special needs.” These needs may occur as early as birth or come from an injury or accident suffered later in life – sometimes in service to our country. The therapeutic results of working with horses can help persons with special needs to live more comfortably in the body they have, or improving mobility or communication capabilities.

Volunteer Receives Gold Service Award from UCSC

Horse-riding in Felton Offers Therapy For Those In Need

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MAY 23, 2017 — FELTON, CA — Naemi Frey has been recognized by UC Santa Cruz for her exemplary community service at Felton-based Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center (LOARC) for special needs youth and adults during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Frey, a Felton resident and UC Santa Cruz junior, was presented a Gold Service award at a ceremony held May 22, 2017.

In love with horses since her childhood, Frey started volunteering at LOARC a year ago. She spends several hours each week handling a variety of tasks, from mucking stalls and feeding the horses, to helping with the students’ riding lessons.

As LOARC is a PATH-certified program, in addition to the horse handler, one to two side walkers are required during lessons depending on the ability of the rider. Frey has competently fulfilled both these roles. “It’s incredibly inspiring to work closely with these amazing, gentle horses and our students, and watch the students learn and progress in the arena,” she said. “Seeing the smile on a rider’s face is one of the greatest rewards of being a volunteer at LOARC.”

Frey’s instructor and mentor at LOARC is Melissa Abbey, a therapeutic riding instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. “Naemi has been a vital volunteer at our Center since her first day. She is a model of calmness and consistency, which is so important when working with horses. Her kindness and gentle demeanor has helped many students overcome their fear of horses and gain greater independence. I’m glad that UCSC has acknowledged her work with this award,” said Abbey.

When she first heard about LOARC, Frey was overjoyed to discover that there was a place where she could gain experience in the field that she has decided to pursue, animal assisted therapy, and simultaneously spend time with one of her favorite animals. “I have learned so much more than I ever thought was possible at LOARC, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute at the center and to help others. It’s been a dream come true,” she exclaimed.

About Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center

Located in Felton, CA, LOARC aims to help young people as well as adults who the medical community views as having “special needs.” These needs may be the result of issues occurring as early as birth or they may come from an injury or accident suffered in the course of life – sometimes in service to our country.  We provide a caring program designed with individual needs in mind to effect positive change. We have seen the therapeutic results of working with horses and believe that our therapeutic riding program can help persons with these special needs meet personal goals – be it living more comfortably in the body they have, or improving their mobility or communication capabilities. Connect at: http://www.lichenoaksarc.org.

LOARC Featured on My Scotts Valley Facebook Group

Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center was recently featured on the My Scotts Valley Facebook group.  The post and video are below.  Many thanks to Robert Aldana!

“If you know someone with special needs or a handicap, a wounded warrior, or just know someone who could use some therapy or is going through a difficult time in their lives, riding a gentle horse could be one of the most therapeutic things you can do.

Here in Felton, there is a place called Lichen Oaks Adaptive Riding Center that was founded and is run by Jean and Floyd Kvamme that is about as good as it gets. The facilities are unbelievable, but the therapy that these beautiful gentle giants provide is priceless. They are a non-profit organization and would love to hear from you.

Check them out at www.LichenOaksARC.org

*They also have an after school horse club, a fun and educational program for 4th-8th graders on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm beginning August 30th!”

 

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