In an ongoing effort to provide mainstream activities viable for individuals with disabilities, Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center has started a Para Reining Team for riders with disabilities to train as para riders in para reining horse shows. The team is led by Marcelo Guzman, the Head Instructor and Program Coordinator at the riding center. Marcelo trains and rides in reining show classes and has been successful in training and coaching his students as well. Marcelo was at one time the number one ranked FEI (International Equestrian Federation) reining rider. He has competed in many shows in the United States and internationally including England, Australia and South America. He is also currently the Novice Horse Champion in Kansas.
The Hope Ranch para reining team is competing for the first time at the Sunflower Slide Reining Show this weekend (September 12 and 13) at the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka. The show begins at 8:00 am each day. The para riders will compete in classes according to their skills and abilities. This is a first for Kansas as well as Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center. A special thank you to the World Para Reining Association for their assistance in our efforts.
For more information visit their Facebook page: Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center – Manhattan or our website at hoperanchks.org.