Special Olympics Equestrian Team
Kinsey is a proven winner in Special Olympics, having previously won many medals over the past 12 years. Kinsey has competed in bocce, track, snowshoeing, volleyball and cycling, and traveled to several international competitions. Kinsey is super excited to join the Special Olympics Equestrian team. She has been waiting many years for this to happen and Kinsey tells us she wants to “go the distance.” And we're going with her!
This program is at no cost to the athletes and their families and is supported by donations and grants.
Emma is a talented young woman joining the newly formed Equestrian team. We are familiar with Emma's skills as she has been a participant in our all year vocational training program. Emma will now have the opportunity along with other athletes to learn more advanced horse skills. Get ready to Saddle up!
Andrew is a Silver medal winner at the 2022 Golf Special Olympics. Andrew learned to care for horses at Stablework's all year vocational training program and is ready to learn to ride!
Nicolai loves horses and has previous riding experience. Nikolai competed in the 2022 Special Olympics summer games in swimming, including diving off the block! In this picture he is getting to know Moonlight and looks forward to being back in the saddle.
We are so grateful to the McGeachy family for letting us borrow Moonlight, their gentle amazingly handsome “Paint” Horse to be used during the teaching sessions for the Special Olympic athletes.
The McGeachy family adopted Moonlight from an owner in Pittsburgh a few years ago. Moonlight was formerly a riding instruction horse so he knows what to do during riding lessons. Moonlight is boarded at the beautiful Ithaca Equestrian Center where the McGeachy family rides Moonlight several times a week.
“Paints” are special breeds, and Moonlight is particularly unique with his bold stripes.
Paints are well-known for their patience and easy-going manner. The Native Americans, especially Comanches, prized these horses, and Paints are still favored by cowboys and cattle ranchers to this day.
What the McGeachy family love most is “how Moonlight takes care of you, and he knows when he has a new rider and will look back or slow down to make sure the rider is doing OK.” We are so happy that the McGeachy family will be at some of our trainings and other events to encourage our Team. Welcome Moonlight and the lovely McGeachy family to Stablework! .
Buddy is retired from barrel racing and was kindly donated to Stablework by the Cornell Equestrian Team. Buddy has been resting up his feet and is getting ready to be an active member of the Special Olympics team.
Combate is a Polo Pony, 19 years old, a current valuable member of the Cornell Polo Team. Cornell has graciously lent her to us for training with our Special Olympics athletes.
Amelia proud owner and rider of Moonlight. Ameila has been riding horses since she was 8 years old. She enjoys showing the team what Moonlight can do. We are delighted to have her on the team.
Alexa Rahman- Alexa excels in all that she does, from academics, to music, to equine care and training, for which she’s received seven world championship titles as well as the Horse World People's Choice Award in 2017-2020, National Horseman All American Award in 2017-18, and the United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year Awa
Alexa Rahman- Alexa excels in all that she does, from academics, to music, to equine care and training, for which she’s received seven world championship titles as well as the Horse World People's Choice Award in 2017-2020, National Horseman All American Award in 2017-18, and the United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year Award in 2015-2020. She is studying music at Ithaca College, where she is also a Student Trustee, on the Figure Skating Team, and Co-President of its Musicians of Color Association. Alexa has significant experience volunteering with the Special Olympics Equestrian Team in Saratoga Springs where she grew up. We are so lucky to have Alexa join us as a Volunteer.
Elliott is volunteering his time to assist at Stablework and with the Special Olympics Equestrian Team. He is a student at Ithaca High School and his favorite subject is Biology. He is a talented musician, playing his clarinet in the Band at Ithaca High School and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.
Neil loves horses and people. His career includes being a manager in the kitchen at Loaves and Fishes, where he learned to work with many different kinds of people. He is currently teaching at Lifelong, sings in the Odyssey Choir, and is learning to recite poetry. He enjoys riding horses at Olivia DiRenzo’s in Brooktondale. We are lucky to have Neil bring his talents to our team!