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CAMELOT THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP
Horsemanship for Children and Adults with Disabilities

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photo of two teen Camelot students riding in the arena at sunset

CAMELOT is a bridge leading to a life of freedom and self-fulfillment for children and adults with physical disabilities. It is a philosophy that views every human being as a potential masterpiece and rests on the belief that love and courage can slay the mightiest of dragons.

Founded in 1980, this non-profit program uses horsemanship as a means of therapy to improve strength, balance, coordination and self-esteem.

Students learn to become stronger than the obstacles in their paths. This is achieved because the program is personalized, based on each student's unique abilities and needs. The student receives one-on-one instruction, and learns all aspects of horsemanship: riding, grooming, training, showing, breeding, vet care and stable management.

Students who have completed our program have gone on to higher education and leadership positions in the community. Many times, graduates continue their involvement with Camelot by volunteering or teaching themselves. Giving back is part of the Camelot philosophy.

I SAW A CHILD
by John Anthony Davies

I saw a child who couldn't walk,
Sit on a horse, laugh and talk,
Then ride it through a field of daisies
And yet he could not walk unaided.

I saw a child no legs below,
Sit on a horse, and make it go
Through wood of green and places he had never been
To sit and stare, except from a chair.

I saw a child who could only crawl,
Mount a horse and sit up tall;
Then put it through degrees of paces,
And laugh at the wonder in our faces.

I saw a child born into strife,
Take up and hold the reins of life
And that same child was heard to say,
Thank God for showing me the way.


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