Samantha's Story

Samantha at Special Olympics in 2011

Samantha at Special Olympics in 2011

Many people who see Samantha as she walks into the barn at Equest each Friday for her lesson probably wouldn't understand how having Down Syndrome affects her. Although, she has a cognitive delay that affects her processing skills, her biggest hurdle in life has been the low muscle tone that affects every muscle in her body. Samantha's progress each week helped to strengthen her. She began feeling stronger, and now, nine years later, she not only accepts the challenges of her therapy program, she welcomes them.

Samantha's mother, Brenda Rozinsky says, "Samantha's progress wouldn't be possible without the program at Equest, and all the wonderful volunteers and therapy horses that have helped her each week. Thank you to all!"

Samantha and her therapy horse, Crunchie, at Special Olympics in 2011

Samantha and her therapy horse, Crunchie, at Special Olympics in 2011

Samantha's story appeared in Equest's 2012-13 Annual Report

CJ Bankhead