VALHALLA, N.Y. — "Not just any day but every day at the barn is a great day," said Sara Garden, one of five volunteers to receive Ariat boots as part of the EQUUS Foundation Champions program, sponsored by Ariat International to inspire and reward equine service.

"Everyone has a story to share of how horses impacted their lives — how they bring us joy and help heal our wounds," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

Garden volunteers at Access Equestrian in Valhalla, N.Y.

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After riding in her teens, Garden had to take a long hiatus when college, then a production career and living in the city made it a challenge to ride.

In her 40's, when she moved to the suburbs and left the corporate grind, she got back into riding. At the same time, she was introduced to Access Equestrian, and started volunteering.

"I'm loving it," said Garden. "As I say, any day and every day at a barn is a great day!"

Access Equestrian, Inc. was established in 2010 to provide adaptive riding lessons for both children and adults with a broad range of disabilities.

"I am honored to be a small part of the Access Equestrian program. Watching the incredible difference horses make in the lives of both kids and adults consistently amazes me!," Garden said.

To learn more about Access Equestrian see https://www.accessequestrian.org/index.html

Learn more about the Equus Foundation's Champions program at https://www.equusfoundation.org/champions/champions.php

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

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