Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunnyside Invites You...

Explore a Park System facility this weekend that you may never have known about. Many frequent Park System visitors have never visited or even heard of Sunnyside Equestrian Center in Lincroft. But this weekend is your perfect opportunity to see what Sunnyside is all about! 

On Sunday, May 20 from 12:00-3:00pm Sunnyside Equestrian Center will host an open house. This family-friendly, free event celebrates the 10th anniversary of therapeutic horseback riding at the center through the not-for-profit organization Special People United to Ride (SPUR). Through SPUR, individuals with disabilities find a safe haven at Sunnyside where limitations are replaced by the freedom of riding and handling a horse, working to improve self-esteem, social skills, balance, muscle tone, and posture as well as to process sensory messages to the brain. Guided by instructors certified by PATH International, the governing body of therapeutic horseback riding, and more than 100 volunteers annually, over 200 students with disabilities are served each year.

Celebrate this momentous occasion with us! Open house activities include pony rides, crafts, face painting, caricatures, demonstrations, and an opportunity to meet the horses and see where they live. There will also be light refreshments, music, 50/50 ticket sales (winners will be chosen at SPUR’s Casino Night on September 22), and a drawing for prizes which include a birthday party at Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside Equestrian Center Open House is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to not only experience a little known Park System location, but to also learn about SPUR and the amazing opportunities the organization offers to individuals with disabilities. For more information on the Open House or on Sunnyside Recreation Area, call (732) 224-1367, ext. 3#. For more information about Special People United to Ride visit the SPUR website.

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