Rogers State University seeks $2 million for new equestrian center

Sunday, March 7th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CLAREMORE - Rogers State University is seeking $2 million to build a new equestrian center and pay for its operating expenses.

The school has begun a drive to raise $1 million for a modern, off-campus equestrian facility and another $1 million to place in an endowment to fund operating expenses for the center.

Besides school functions, Rogers State's equestrian center also offers an equine therapy program for disabled children.

The 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.

The program serves more than 75 children and adults in northeastern Oklahoma and has 25 children on the waiting list for services.

It is one of 11 certified equine therapy centers in the state.