July 21, 2009

Bit By Bit to Hold Volunteer Training August 1

The Bit by Bit Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program at Rogers State University will hold volunteer training sessions on Saturday Aug. 1, at the RSU Equestrian Center near Oologah.

All volunteers, both new and returning, must participate in one of the two training sessions. The morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. The training take place at the RSU Equestrian Center, located at 16544 South Highway 169 (five miles south of Oologah on the northwest side of the highway.)

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of the equine therapeutic program, Bit by Bit is made possible by volunteers who generously donate their time to the program," said Trista Milliman, interim director for Bit by Bit.

There are many ways in which a person can assist the program through volunteering and prior experience with horses is not necessary, Milliman said.

This year Bit by Bit plans to offer nearly 30 classes to accommodate more than 80 riders.

The training is open for people 15 years and older. There is no fee for the training if the participant plans to volunteer for Bit by Bit.

The RSU Bit By Bit program promotes physical and mental health through horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities. The riding sessions and other therapeutic interactions with the horses help improve balance, walking, language and cognitive skills for participating clients.

Please contact the Bit By Bit office at 371-1750 or email for information about the sessions or training requirements. More information and volunteer applications are available by visiting the Bit By Bit web site.