August 2017 -- Av-Elul 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 8

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On June 27, the group began their trip at the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston, South Carolina. Emily is the sixth person from the left.

Student Bikes Across Country for Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship

This summer, Larchmont resident and Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship volunteer, Emily Nadler, is bike riding across the country to raise funding for Endeavor’s programs. The fifteen-year-old, Mamaroneck High School {MHS} student, embarked on her six-week trip on June 26. She will ride over 3,200 miles through the southern route of the U.S., making her way from Charleston, South Carolina to Santa Monica, California, averaging 85 miles per day with 11 other teenagers, five girls, seven boys and  two group leaders.

 

The teen tour group rises at 4:30 am in order to start their journey at sunrise to beat the heat of the sun. They are staying in churches, community centers and campsites. Nadler writes her Mother, Joanna Nadler, that she is touched by the hospitality and civic pride the group receives. “It’s pretty cool being nomadic and staying in each place for only one night.”

 

In Union, Mississippi, the riders were welcomed and escorted into town with police cars and firetrucks.

 

Since learning to ride a bike in the parking lot of Murray Avenue School, Larchmont, when she was young, Nadler has been a horseback rider since the age of six.  She began volunteering at Endeavor over a year ago. “I have experienced the strength, passion and commitment necessary to work with horses, and volunteering at Endeavor has allowed me to translate my love for horses into the joy of watching children grow and gain skills through equine therapy,”  she said about her time at the organization.

 

“There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a kid feel on top of the world while riding a horse, watching them learn and grow in between lessons, and seeing the smile on their face when they give their horse a pat at the end of a lesson.”

 

The eleventh grader decided to combine her enjoyment of biking and horses and has raised over $8,000 through her online campaign {by mid –July} by bike riding for Endeavor. She is still accepting donations at https:www.gofundme.com/tgje3-ride-for-recovery.

 

During the school year, Nadler writes for the MHS Globe newspaper and studies Violin at Larchmont Academy of Music. The Nadler family are members of Larchmont Temple.

 

“We are so grateful to Emily for honoring Endeavor in this amazing adventure,” notes Emily Wygod Bushnell, Executive Director of Endeavor. “She is an amazing volunteer and all of our participants and horses really shine when she works with them.”

 

 Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship was founded in 2014 and is based in Bedford. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission  to empower individuals with a broad range of special needs by providing the highest quality equine-assisted activities and therapies in an inclusive and welcoming environment.  The organization, characterized by a philosophy of inclusion and with a very committed and highly skilled staff, is proud of its ability to offer personalized service and believes in the healing potential of the horse.

 

They offer year round therapeutic riding and ground programs to individuals with physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs; at risk group homes and day programs; and any family members of a qualified participant. New riders are scheduled for a brief private riding session and an evaluation interview to determine the appropriate class, equine partner and instructor. Helmets must be worn. Participants must be 4 years old or more to enroll.