ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) - An amazing new resource for children with special needs was unveiled Wednesday evening.
The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford dedicated its new Therapy Trail, which is filled with sensory-rich stations to help riders engage and interact with the environment. It is one of only a handful of facilities of its kind in the nation.
The trail was built during the past nine months by employees of Baudville, a Grand Rapids company celebrating 30 years of business. Instead of spending money on a party, the company put its time and effort into building the trail.
"It has been incredibly fulfilling to see our staff get so involved and the camaraderie developed on the jobsite has carried over to our day-to-day jobs. This truly is a project that has given back to our company the more we have gotten involved," Baudville President and CEO Brad Darooge said in a statement.
Among those who use the facility is 19-year-old Johnny Agar, who has cerebral palsy, but that hasn't stopped him from participating in races this year with the help of this father, Jeff.
Agar has gone to the Equest Center for 15 years and talked Wednesday about how much it has helped him.
"Riding is a therapy," he said. "It helps me to have better balance. It helps me have strength in my core muscles. It allows me to do more things, but it is also, most importantly, fun."
There is still some work to do, but the trail will be finished by the end of the year.
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