Equestrian Team

Meet our 2018 Equestrian Team! Each year, McKenna Farms sends some of its therapeutic riders to the Special Olympics Georgia State Horse Show. You can show your support by making a donation below to help cover the costs for them to compete.

Amanda
Amanda is 28 years old and began riding a year ago at McKenna Farms. Amanda has Cerebral Palsy and is in an electric wheelchair most of the time.

She loves riding Western on Ceaser. She tells everyone, “I love the boy" (Ceaser).

Amanda is extremely excited to be on the Equestrian Team and for The Special Olympics ("The Big Horse Show")!

Riding has increased Amanda’s flexibility and range of motion. She has come a long way in such a short amount of time.

Andrew
Andrew is 9 years old and has been riding at McKenna Farms for 4 years.

He loves riding Glory and sharing jokes with Ms. Libby and Mr. Ryan.

He rides English, but his favorite thing to do is Showmanship with Glory.

This is Andrew’s first Special Olympics.

Ashley
Ashley is 21 years old and has been riding horses for 2 years now.

Ashley has really enjoyed getting to ride Glory but also loves to ride Oliver and Apple Jack. This will be her second time at the Special Olympics and she is very excited to ride and spend time with her friends.

Brendan
Brendan is 15 and has been riding at McKenna for two years.

He is excited to ride Wilbur at his first Special Olympics competition this year!

Candace
Candace has been riding for about 9 years. She enjoys riding Glory because “she’s very silly and makes funny noises”.

Candace has tried Western, but prefers English riding.

Her favorite thing about riding is that no one can see her disability when she’s on the horse. “I’m just like everyone else.”
 

Cate
Cate is 12 years old and has been riding for 5 years at McKenna Farms.

She rides English style and loves every animal at the barn! Cate's favorite things about riding are trotting and giving her horses hugs.

Her favorite parts of Special Olympics are competing in front of the judges and the awards ceremony.

Last year, she gave us a big salute during the music after winning a gold medal!

Giselle
Giselle has been riding at McKenna Farms since she was three years old.

She began competing in the Special Olympics at the age of eight, and she looks forward to riding with the Equestrian Team every year. She loves the competition and the many friends she makes!

Giselle has been diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type-5.

She is able to live a full and happy life due to the therapy and horseback riding with McKenna Farms. Riding Glory is the highlight of her week!

Haley
Haley is 8 years old and has loved horses from the day she first saw one!

She looks forward every week to her lessons. Riding has helped her confidence; when she is on a horse she is on a level playing field with her peers.

She hopes to become a farm vet when she grows up and to live on a farm. She loves all animals and enjoys her time with them.

Jamie
Jamie is 15 years old and has been riding at McKenna Farms for 3 years.

A cowboy at heart, he loves riding Western and just spending time at the farm.

He has speech and muscular coordination issues, but you would never know it watching him ride!

His confidence soars as he trots around the ring with a huge smile on his face or happily converses with his coaches Libby and Ryan. McKenna Farms is a special place for Jamie and he loves being part of the Equestrian Team.
 

Katelyn
Katelyn is 10 years old and has been riding English since last year’s summer camp at McKenna Farms. 

She’s been in love with all the horses since her first day, but her favorites are Gizmo, Gus, and Zeus.

This will be Katelyn’s first trip to the Special Olympics and she is looking forward to participating with the entire McKenna Farms team.

Kymberly
Kymberly is a sweet and spunky young lady with autism who has already learned a whole lot at McKenna Farms.

She loves riding Buddy and Coal with her instructor Libby.

She is very excited about participating in the Special Olympics with the Equestrian team!

Madison
Madison has been riding for 11 years.

She has come a long way since starting the therapeutic riding program at McKenna Farms.

Her listening skills and focus have increased exponentially.

She has also seen great improvements in her balance and leg strength, both on and off the horse.

Madison feels very confident and this program has much to do with her self-assuredness.

She adores the horses and her instructor, Sarah!

Olivia
Olivia has enjoyed her first year riding at McKenna with her instructor Bryan.

This will be Olivia’s first time competing at the Special Olympics.

She is looking forward to riding Shiloh and having fun with her friends on the Equestrian Team!

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