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Pictured (from left) are Director of the Ohio University Southern Equine Studies Program Kelly Hall and Volunteer Coordinator and Riding Instructor Stephanie Bias.

Pictured (from left) are Director of the Ohio University Southern Equine Studies Program Kelly Hall and Volunteer Coordinator and Riding Instructor Stephanie Bias.

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The Ohio Horse Park recognizes volunteers


FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio – Ohio University Southern and the Therapeutic Riding Center expressed gratitude to their volunteers at a fun-filled appreciation event on Jan. 23 at the Ohio Horse Park. 

According to Volunteer Coordinator and Riding Instructor Stephanie Bias, participants enjoyed the potluck and comradery. “This was a chance for everyone to get together, relax and enjoy themselves and the wonderful food,” she said.  

Bias said that Kathy Mitchell was recognized as January’s volunteer of the month. “Kathy has been with us for many years and is always here when we need her,” she added. “We couldn’t make any of this possible without our dedicated volunteers.” 

In an effort to grow the program and revamp volunteer activities, staff have been talking to many different organizations. Linda Hauck is the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) representative for Region Four. On Jan. 24, Hauck visited the Ohio Horse Park to speak with staff and second-year Equine Studies students. This visit was especially beneficial as many of these students are preparing for PATH Intl. riding instructor certification in a few months. 

Bias said, “[Students] were able to take this time to ask Linda many of the questions they had, and she gave the center many great ideas on how to help us grow our program and get volunteers more involved.” 

This article was provided by Ohio University Southern.