Operation Saddle Up honored for helping vets

   Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center in Ramona has been recognized by the San Diego Armed Services YMCA on Friday for its Operation Saddle Up equine program for wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

   The Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Service was presented to CTRC Founder and Executive Director Judy Beckett at the annual Armed Services YMCA Volunteer Luncheon, held in the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park on Friday, May 14.

   Operation Saddle Up debuted at Cornerstone in 2008 and supports the emotional and physical recovery of service members who have lost limbs, have post-traumatic stress disorder, concussive brain injuries and other war related injuries.

   The comprehensive curriculum encompasses all aspects of horsemanship: grooming, tacking, riding, natural horsemanship and groundwork, roping and exposure to english and western riding disciplines. 

   ”I am happy to accept this recognition on behalf of our dedicated and passionate team of  volunteers,” said Beckett. “We are honored to provide this life-changing program to the men and women who have fought so bravely to protect our freedom.”

   Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals living with disabilities. Located on a 350-acre state-of-the-art equestrian facility, the center offers a ranch environment with abundant wildlife, oak groves, and hundreds of acres of trails in a serene environment. 

   The center is a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and is dedicated to following the standards set forth by the association to ensure safety, quality and success for its clients. For more information, visit www.cornerstonetrc.org. 

   
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