MIDLOTHIAN

Despite the recent weather, families can still look forward to Easter at the Ranch for Families with Special Needs this weekend.

The free, family outing has been a tradition for the past eight years and continues this year from 2 — 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

The event will include an Easter egg hunt for special needs guests and a separate hunt for siblings. Founder and President of PAWS for Reflection Ranch, Melode Seremet, encourages guests to bring an Easter basket. PAWS will also provide games, crafts and can visit with the Easter bunny and other animals on the ranch that day.

PAWS is also hosting its fourth annual Ranch Riders Horse Show. It was rescheduled to 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. on May 5. This event showcases accomplishments of all the riders at Paws for Reflection Ranch in Midlothian.

The community is invited to cheer on a variety of more than 40 talented riders. Seremet said this year has the most participation and consists of more advanced riders.

“The riders have each learned a different pattern to show off their horsemanship and riding skills. Each pattern is developed based on their abilities,” Seremet explained.

They will ride individually in the covered arena — by the way, this is the second year for the riders to perform under the covered arena.

Riders range from 5 years old to adults. The winners will receive trophies to acknowledge the skills they have learned in the past year.

“We are going to acknowledge some of the Eagle and Girl Scouts that have done projects that benefited the riding program,” Seremet elaborated.

During the horse show, there will be family activities, and concession stands for visitors as well.

“They are very excited for the horse show,” Seremet expressed. “They are excited to show all of their family and friends and how well they ride. We have riders that are even nonverbal that have learned how to verbally communicate with a horse.”

The horses have a variety of backgrounds as well and are retired from their previous careers. “We have a horse for every rider.”

Seremet mentioned the ranch is always looking for volunteers with the therapeutic riding as well as sponsors for the horse show.

 

Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450