Horseback riders entertain crowds in De Pere

DE PERE – Some “Exceptional Equestrians” showed off their riding skills in De Pere Saturday.

The 16th annual horse show highlights riders with special needs from young children to adults.

Hundreds of friends and family members turned out for a day of fun, food, games and raffles.

Exeception Equestrians use horse riding as a form of therapy.

Organization officials say it offers their clients a lot of fun, but also real results.

“Parents tell me they brought their child here because they weren’t speaking – they needed some therapy. And after a few months on the horse, their muscles of their core got developed and allowed their speech muscles to do their job. And, there’s kids who were unable to sit up – same kind of thing. We have a lot of wonderful stories,” said marketing and development director Nancy Williquette.

All proceeds from the event go toward providing therapy services.

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