Riding for a purpose – teaches discipline and responsibility

Traditionally – when you say man’s best friend, you think of a dog. Well think bigger.

Summer is here and if want to get your kids involved in a summer activity that requires responsibility, while also building a friendship — we have an idea you might like.

Allison Shields and Catherine O’Rourke can be found at the stable doing what they love most, riding.

"This is Tippy, I’ve had him for about five years now," said Shields.

These two are best friends.

"This is my life, to be honest," said Shields.

O’Rourke has been riding since she has been five.

"It can really change your life and teach you a lot of life lessons," said O’Rourke.

Riding horses is Cathie Fergus-Watson’s passion.

"I was there when Levitate was born, have been there every step of the way," said Fergus-Watson.

She is the head-trainer at Four Rivers Sport Horse Center.

"It’s a great way to grow up, you have to learn responsibility, be an athlete to ride," said Fergus-Watson.

Fergus-Watson said anyone can benefit from riding.

"It’s a very therapeutic thing for people with disabilities that need to learn rhythm and balance, riding a horse can help them do that, said Fergus-Watson.

Riding for a purpose.

"Everyday it is something new that you learn from them, they teach you," said O’Rourke.

If you are interested in riding, helping a good cause, or just want to get some more information, you can head out to the Four Rivers Sport Horse Center. They are hosting an open house Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owner of Four Rivers Sport Horse Center Jill Love encourages everyone to come out to the event.

"We are having an open house by hosting a BBQ. It’ll be $5 a plate, 100 percent off the proceeds are going to Cassidy’s Cause Therapeutic Riding and United States Pony Club," said Love.

Four Rivers Sport Horse Center is a new state of the art equestrian facility.  It is the first of its kind in Western Kentucky. The center is also the local McCauleys feed dealer.

For more information about the center and Saturday’s event, click here.

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