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IMPOSSIBLE DREAM SPECIAL OLYMPICS
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM !
The benefits of using horses as a therapeutic tool has been recognized by horse coaches and medical professionals alike. And for Scott Tongue Therapeutic Riding therapy couldn’t have proven more beneficial.
Every serious horseback rider has the “impossible” dream: to win a medal in the Olympics, but for 15 year-old Scott, diagnosed at eight, with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, just earning a spot to compete in the World Special Olympics was a major accomplishment. Scott’s dream began to come true when he was chosen to join the U. S, Equestrian Team to compete in the 2003 World Special Olympics.
Held in Dublin, Ireland, Scott had to travel half-way around the world, ride an unfamiliar horse supplied by the Irish host farm, then memorize and navigate an arduous new obstacle course! All on horseback!
But travel to Dublin he did, with our Special Olympic trainer and coach Maryanne D’Auria by his side. And compete in the World Special Olympics, he did. And win a medal, he did! In fact, he came away with the coveted gold medal in the advanced Walk, Trot and Canter working Trail Ride event! He followed up by winning the silver medal in Equitation where the rider is judged on posture and ability to control a horse. Quite a success story for a young man with special needs and disabilities who joined a therapeutic riding program at the young age of 8!
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