Contents: Rough Rider Overview * Rough Rider Volunteer Form * Rough Rider downloadable files
Koinonia would like to introduce you to Rough Riders – Horses that help!
As our horse ministry grows we continue to discover more ways to use the horses for God’s glory! Christian Camping friends in Pennsylvania (Shout out to WLD Ranch!) introduced us to a program through Shriners Children’s Hospital in Erie, PA called
The hospital is researching the effectiveness of riding horses to build core muscle strength. Helping children with various physical challenges to improve balance, bowel and bladder continence, strength and following directions;
through basic riding lessons.
As a camp we have an opportunity to partner with Shriners Hospital to help meet the needs of children between the ages of 3 and 12 (the age range varies, but this is the target range). Children with these challenges are placed into the program through Shriners Hospital. Shriners Hospital covers the cost of the experience. We are working with Shriners to keep costs very low, so that the program can continue even after the study is over. Currently we have 3 riders attending riding sessions on Monday and Thursday nights. The parents of these riders are thrilled with the progress their sons and daughters are demonstrating. The hospital would like to increase our number of riders. In order to make this happen we need your help!
It takes many volunteers to make this possible. Each rider needs between 2 and 3 walkers to make the session possible. We have the facility…we have the horses…we have the format…we just need you!
If you feel God leading you toward volunteering in this ministry of help, come join the crew! You do not need special horse experience or training; just a willing heart and the ability to walk on level ground for 45 minutes with your arm at shoulder level to help protect the rider. Please fill out the volunteer form below if you are called to this ministry. The riders will capture your heart, the horses will do the work and together we will make a difference in the everyday lives of these families and God’s Kingdom!
If you are interested, dates are listed on our website click the button on the front page for Rough Riders – Horses that help! If you can help one session…one week… or all the sessions, please click the Rough Rider graphic and fill out the Rough Rider volunteer form.
If you know someone who might benefit from this program please have them contact our office - 440-466-1278 . We will put them in touch with the Hospital and begin the process to include them in this amazing program.
Rough Riders Volunteer Form
Koinonia Camp is working with Shriners Childrens Hospital in Erie P.A. to reach out and help kids using our horses! We must insure that we have enough staff to help each child reach their goals. If you are willing to give an hour or two each week to this life changing opportunity please fill out the form below and we will contact you.