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For the past 10 years, Richard Markell, DVM, has traveled every Wednesday afternoon to the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County, Calif., about 75 miles from his own practice in Encinitas, Calif.

An AAEP member who has cared for horses competing in the Olympic Games and World Cup, Markell provides basic veterinary care to center's 22 therapy horses free of charge. The

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