Over the weekend the Wayne County Benefit Horse Show took place at the Lake Equestrian Center in Lake Ariel and my brother Sean got to take part in it as a member of the Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy.
The recipients of the proceeds of the horse show were Fair Hill and Dyberry Day Camp, who both help individuals with special needs.
In one of the arenas a few individuals in Fair Hill's program demonstrated some of the things they do while the head trainer, Ben Goldberg, told everyone what was going on and how it helps them.
As I was watching all of these kids interact with the horses and really enjoy what was happening, I couldn't help but tear up.
One young girl was nonverbal when she started the program, but now you can actually understand her speaking a little bit. Even Sean, who has only been in the program for a few weeks, is doing so well and has come so far.
He hasn't progressed to the riding level yet, although I'm sure he will, but he was out in the arena lunging the horse, which is one of the ways they train the horses.
They worked really well with the instructors and stayed focused even while a crowd of people watched on. Each of them was given a blue ribbon from the horse show as well.
When Fair Hill put on these demonstrations, it wasn't about a competition. There were individuals who take part in the program actually competing, but for the ones like Sean who were just showing what they work on, it was all about fun.
I'm so proud of Sean for doing this and how far he's come, both with the program and as a whole. Watching these individuals connect so well with the horses and thoroughly enjoying being with them, just proves more that Fair Hill's program is really working.
For some of them, including Sean, it was their first time showing what they do out in public and they all did a great job.
I am very proud and thankful for what Fair Hill is doing and knowing that I helped them out with my fundraiser this year, makes it much more rewarding.
And as someone told me over the weekend, "there is nothing better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse."
Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Sean is pictured with Lucille, one of the horses he works with at Fair Hill Farm Riding Academy.