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LASSO hosts Colorado Equine Special Olympics

Ever wonder what Special Olympics and rescue horses have in common?

Come on out and see for yourself at the annual Equine Special Olympics to be held at the LASSO (Large Animal Southwest Support Organization) facility, 1360 Terry Robinson Road, Aug. 24, 25 and 26, from 9 a.m to until noon each day.

This Special Olympics horse camp is one of the few special talents horse camps in the entire country. Since 2007, LASSO has been proud to be the host for this yearly event and is currently seeking volunteers to lead the horses and walk along side the participants from Colorado and other states.

Special Olympics coach Jody McAlister will instruct the participants as they ride along obstacle courses, compete in challenging arena exercises and just have fun learning about horses.

If you can help by volunteering for one, two or all three days, contact DiAnn Hitchcox at 264-0095 or Nancy Crouse at 264-9355.

LASSO is an equine rescue group — and so much more. The organization also provides a valuable service to the community — equine assisted therapy for middle and high school special talents kids during the school year. The benefits that special talents kids receive from being around and on the back of a horse are truly amazing and will be the subject of a future article.

LASSO also offers two other programs: LASSO Horse Camps for underprivileged kids ages 9 and up during the summer and a Horse 101 class for anyone of any age to be educated about horses in their anatomy and care, and also in the development of riding skills.

LASSO is a nonprofit organization and exists courtesy of donations, fund-raisers and volunteer help from the community. The cost of caring for these rescue horses that provide a valuable service to our special needs kids is sky-high right now due to the increase in the price of hay. Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to help support the horses and the special needs programs can do so on the organization’s website,

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Donations can also be mailed to: LASSO PO Box 2291, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

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