Therapeutic Riding Center to be Featured in Saddle Club Video Journal

The Saddle Club will feature the Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding of Topsham, Maine, in two special Saddle Club Video Journals to be broadcast on public television stations across America in November 2006.

The Saddle Club is a live-action drama series about three young girls and their adventures with horses, based on the novels written by popular children's author Bonnie Bryant. The series stars three heroines Carole, Stevie, and Lisa who form the Saddle Club at Pine Hollow Stables. The series premiered this fall on public television stations through APT Exchange and is the "must-see" program for horse-crazy kids nationwide.

"I was thrilled to be a judge for the annual horse show at the Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding," said author Bryant. "I had written about therapeutic riding in one my books, but nothing had prepared me for how wonderful it would be to watch these young kids take charge of their horses and achieve their specific goals. The Flying Changes Horse Show is about abilities and fun."

The Flying Changes Therapeutic Center serves over three hundred individuals annually--ages two years to senior adults. It was founded in 1992 to provide therapeutic horseback riding programs for people with disabilities and to promote the benefits of therapeutic riding.

"The physical, emotional and spiritual connections between humans and horses have been known for centuries," said Barbara M. Doughty, founder and executive director of Flying Changes. "Horses are always there for their rider, which is especially important for children who need a little extra unconditional love. Our goal has been to have children and adults achieve success in a secure environment."

"Helping to promote equine facilitated therapy and activities is the mission of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), " said Sheila Dietrich Kemper. "We foster safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities. It is very gratifying to have The Saddle Club series feature one of our members on public television stations nationwide and educate young people about the benefits of positive interactions between kids and horses.

The Saddle Club Video Journals, produced for public television stations by Protocol Entertainment Inc., in association with non-profit organizations for girls and riding associations in the U.S., feature real kids participating in local and national equestrian competitions.

Like the television series, The Saddle Club Video Journals promote respect for others, responsibility, friendship, teamwork, and a love of horses.

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