CHAPS accepting applications

SHERIDAN — Children, Horses, and Adults in PartnerShip Equine Assisted Therapy is now accepting applications for participation in their therapeutic riding and equine assisted therapies.

CHAPS is a member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and offers a staff of PATH certified instructors and licensed clinical social workers to facilitate therapeutic riding, equine facilitated learning and equine facilitated psychotherapy for Sheridan and Johnson County community members.

Applications can be made until June 1 for the June 19-Aug. 23 session and for the Aug. 26-Nov. 29 session.

Limited funding for scholarships is available for ages 4 and older who have been diagnosed with a condition that would benefit from CHAPS services.

Volunteers are needed to assist with sessions. Training for volunteers as horse handlers or side walkers (similar to a spotter in gymnastics) is being offered in a three-part class on May 30, June 1 and June 8. Reservations are requested to attend the volunteer classes. All three classes must be completed before new volunteers can become certified.

Client applications and volunteer handbooks are available on CHAPS’ website www.chapsequineassistedtherapy.org or by calling CHAPS Executive Director Sue Suddith at 673-6161.

CHAPS riding center is located at 501 U.S. Highway 14 East.

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