Christmas with the Ponies

Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program was filled with the Christmas Spirit as we welcomed families to enjoy the festivities.

Valerie Falcioni, from Elkton, and Karen Anderson, welcomed people as they arrived. Valerie gave out scavenger hunt papers and invited children to bring the papers back to receive a prize. As the children entered the barn they could have their pictures taken with St. Nicholas and Nugget the Freedom Hills miniature horse. Annie Porter, from Elkton and Casie Workman, from Port Deposit, painted faces while girls from University of Delaware "Circle K" gave children prizes for playing games. Cheri and Anna Rupp from Fallston, helped children make horse shoes into beautiful Christmas Decorations.

When in the indoor riding ring you could watch children's faces light up with joy as they took a pony ride which was lead by Virginia Mentrak and Katherine Intano both from Elkton.

As the children came around the next corner Miss Mary Alice Carroll, from Earlville and Rebecca Ragan, from Elkton, greeted them with Shamus our 12 hand pony. The children loved brushing him and learning more about horses.

Internationally known Christian Artist David Reed from Rising Sun, enhanced the Christmas Spirit with his wonderful songs.

The highlight of my day was our Freedom Hills TRP athletes and volunteers presentation of Nativity Scene. Mick Yackenack, from Port Deposit was the narrated. The performance was precious.

If you missed this year’s celebration put Christmas with the Ponies on your calendar now for 2017. It is held the first Sunday of December.

Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program, a Premier Center for Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, welcomes anyone who happens to have a disability to come and enjoy the unique therapy of riding horses. We also offer volunteer opportunities and many fun events throughout the year. Check out our website at

Rolling Hills Ranch offers quality riding lessons year round for everyone from beginners through advanced riders as well as Camps, Evening, Jumper Shows, Bed and Breakfast, Pony Parties, Weddings and much more. Renee has her BS in Equine Studies, Level 3 in Centered Riding, Ellie competes in eventing and is a Two Star Rider. Come join us for Fun and Education on Horses.

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