Talbot Special Riders Seeking Volunteers for Fall Session

Yoselin is all smiles as her volunteers, horse leader Jack Kirk, and side walkers Liz Zeria, left, and Teresa Banks, right, guide her and ” Sweet William” across the ring.

Talbot Special Riders (TSR), a therapeutic horseback program for children and adults with special needs, is seeking volunteers to work with our riders during the fall session which started the first week of September and continues through mid-November.  Serving Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester Counties, TSR has been enriching the lives of special riders for more than 36 years.  A member of PATH, Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, TSR’s mission is to change and enrich lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities, and inspire and enrich the human spirit. Classes are held Tuesday, morning and afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings.   Volunteers receive training and select the day and time that best suits their schedule.  Experience with people with special needs or horses is not required.  Minimum age for volunteers is 14. The program is located at Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road, Preston, the farm of TSR Executive Director and fulltime certified instructor Kim Hopkins and her daughter Ashley.  TSR, a volunteer run organization,welcomes volunteers year-round. To find out more about Talbot Special Riders or to visit the program please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Nancy Radosta at 410-570-6933 or nlradosta@verizon.net.

The Fifth Annual TSR Spring Classic Bike Tour April 8

On Saturday April 8 cycling enthusiasts will once again converge on the scenic town of Easton, MD for the Talbot Special Riders Fifth Annual Spring Classic Bike Tour.  Last year’s Spring Classic was a huge success.  More than 325 cyclists were registered and despite the bad weather 117 cyclists showed up to ride in the snow and rain!  We are fervently hoping for better weather this year.

Meandering along the back roads of Talbot County.

Four hundred cyclists are expected this April. Most  arrive from MD, VA, DC and DE, as well as from  NY, PA, NJ, NC and even South Dakota.  Our Bike Committee is hard at work, fine tuning the fully supported 50 mile half-century recreational bicycle ride along some of the most scenic routes on Talbot County’s Eastern Shore. A 62 mile metric-century and a 25 mile ride are also offered. The TSR Spring Classic starts and ends at Easton Middle School, Peach Blossom Road, Easton, MD 21601, rain or shine. Packet Pick Up is at 7 am. There are three rest stops, and a light lunch is served at the end of the ride at the Middle School.

Besides the beautiful routes through Talbot County, our ride is known for three main things: our friendly and helpful volunteers, our home baked cookies and the cream of crab soup we serve at lunch!  The cookies have been a highlight every year, as evidenced by one of the many comments we received afterwards: What a great ride! Thanks to all of the volunteers and fellow riders and to everyone who made cookies! I wanted to go back to each rest stop for more! THANK YOU!”

A beautiful day for a bike tour.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit Talbot Special Rider’s therapeutic horseback riding program, held at Timber Grove Farm in Preston.   Last summer’s move to the farm fulfilled TSR’s long term goal to expand and upgrade our program.  For the first time winter classes and a Holiday camp were offered.  The upcoming spring session will expand from just two days a week to four or five days including Saturdays.  TSR also recently resumed its separate program of therapeutic riding for children recovering from human trafficking. TSR brings new meaning to the old adage “There is nothing better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse.”  Now in its 36th year Talbot Special Riders equine therapy program continues to  enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs, the only program of its kind in the area.

TSR is a registered non-profit organization with deep roots in the community. Financial support comes from the United Fund of Talbot County, area businesses, members of the community and the 5th Annual Spring Classic Bike Tour, held April 8th, 2017.

For more information about the TSR Spring Classic Bike Tour please contact TSRRide@gmail.com.  Registration is open on Active.com

Talbot Special Riders Seeks Volunteers for Expanded Therapeutic Horse Back Riding Program

Talbot Special Riders (TSR) is seeking volunteers to participate in the expansion of its therapeutic horseback riding program at its new location, Timber Grove Farm, 6292 Statum Road, Preston, MD. TSR’s mission is to provide physical and emotional therapy to adults and children using horses. We have done this successfully for more than 35 years.

Recently, after thorough research and planning, the Board made a commitment to further expand and upgrade TSR’s services, by increasing morning and afternoon sessions, offering weekend sessions and, in the future, being available to riders year round.

For the past 25 years TSR’s therapy program was held at Glendale Riding School; however Glendale’s schedule of school programs and horse shows precluded expanding TSR classes at the riding school. TSR and Molly Foster, head instructor and owner of Glendale, mutually agreed that TSR would need to relocate to accomplish the Board’s expanded program goals.

The upcoming fall session will begin mid-September at Timber Grove Farm, owned and operated by Kim Hopkins, TSR’s afternoon instructor for the past twelve years and her daughter, Ashley Hopkins. Kim, a certified Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) instructor, will be TSR’s full time Executive Director and head instructor, teaching all morning and afternoon therapy classes and overseeing TSR’s Hippo therapy program with Occupational Therapist Deborah Colborn.

Sandy King, Director of the Board, stated “The expansion of our program is a dream come true!  This giant leap of faith will enable TSR to better serve this community with our specialized therapy which gives our clients the self-esteem and courage, as well as physical strength, to realize their individual abilities.  To have Kim Hopkins, who has been our Tuesday afternoon instructor for many years, join ‘Team TSR’ as our Executive Director is a special blessing.  Kim’s enthusiasm and belief in our mission is infectious.  She is a creative instructor and is as excited to be a part of the future of Talbot Special Riders as we are to have her pick up the reins.”

TSR serves Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester counties. Since its beginnings in 1981 it has been a wholly volunteer driven program. We are now recruiting additional volunteer horse leaders and side walkers for our expanded therapy program. Volunteer training is provided and experience with people with special needs or horses is not required. Minimum age for volunteers is 14 years of age. To find out more about the program or arrange a visit to Timber Grove Farm in Preston please contact Nancy Radosta at 410-604-2290, nlradosta@verizon.net, or Gloria Gibson at 410-745-9762, jdgibson@atlanticbb.net. Or check us out at www.talbotspecialriders.com/abouthtml

Talbot Special Riders is a member of PATH and is a registered non-profit organization with deep roots in the community. Financial support comes from the United Fund of Talbot County, area businesses, members of the community and our annual fundraiser, TSR’s Spring Classic Bike Tour.

Talbot Special Riders Spring Classic Bike Tour is April 12

Talbot Special Riders announces its major fund raising event for 2014: the TSR Spring Classic Bike Tour. All proceeds benefit the TSR scholarship program.

On Saturday April 12, 2014 cycling enthusiasts from around the Northeast and Mideast area will converge on the scenic town of Easton, MD for TSR’s second annual bike tour. Last year’s inaugural event, known then as the TSR Bike Tour, attracted more than 200 riders. Members of the planning committee started working last summer to fine tune a fully supported 50 mile half-century recreational bicycle ride along some of the most scenic routes on Talbot County’s Eastern Shore. There is also a 62-mile Metric-century ride and a 25-mile ride.

The TSR Spring Classic starts and ends at Easton High School, 723 Mecklenberg Ave., Easton, MD 21601, rain or shine. For more information about the event and the register online visit tsrspringclassic.homestead.com. Walk up registration on April 12 will be available and will open at 7am.

Since 1981 Talbot Special Riders has been enhancing the lives of children and adults with special needs. The goal of TSR’s equine therapy program, the only one of its kind in Talbot County, is to build confidence, self esteem, a sense of accomplishment and physical strength while learning to follow directions. For more information about Talbot Special Riders or volunteering, see talbotspecialriders.com.