As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we are proud to have kept our doors open for our community in 2021. Our COVID protocols have been updated as time has passed, but we still have them in place to protect our participants, volunteers, staff, families, and visitors to Special Equestrians.
In the fall of 2020, we began classes with sidewalkers who were family members of our participants. We thank these people who stepped up and went through the complete volunteer training for their participants to ride.
By April 27th of 2021, we made the decision to bring back our regular volunteers as sidewalkers for Special Equestrians. Our hard-working family volunteers could finally get to watch their children from the viewing area, once again. It was also a joy for our regular volunteers to be back in the arena.
On May 8th of 2021, masks became optional at Special Equestrians. Families who preferred for their participants’ horse leaders and sidewalkers to wear a mask were respected and their wishes were honored. All other safety protocols have stayed in place and continue to this day.
During the summer months, it was very hot at Special Equestrians, even with our covered arena and our fans. It was a relief to have the option to not wear a mask with the extreme heat. When the COVID numbers began to rise again, we asked that people wear a mask when they entered our SE office. Masks have remained encouraged but optional outdoors.
Classes will begin again on September 7th at Special Equestrians, and we look forward to this fresh beginning. We have a new instructor, Pam Volz, who will one of our therapeutic riding class instructors. We are very excited to welcome her to our staff.
Stay safe and well,
Jan Fifer, Executive Director
and the Staff of Special Equestrians