This year Able the Disabled Foundation are working towards their first major fund raising event during the Presidents Cup Horse Show September 30th – 2nd October at Horseshoe Point, Pattaya. The Foundation will hold a Country Fair on October 1-2 and stalls are available for vendors to showcase their products. Fair games for children will be running from 11.00am – 5.00pm including all the old favorites like “Splat the Rat” and “Lucky Dip”. The food sponsors will be selling plenty of delights for all the family.
The main event will be the Country & Western Night on Saturday 1st October from 6.30pm – 11.00pm at the Hotel Grand Arena Horseshoe Point. Tickets are available at THB500 adults and THB250 children. Live country music will be performed by Barry Upton including his top hit 18.104.22.168. During the evening John Collingborne will be presenting a live auction and other events on the night include a raffle, silent auction and lucky door prizes so come and kick up your heels and enjoy the fun.
Able the Disabled Foundation (Riding for the Disabled) at Horseshoe Point Pattaya was started in 2005 by founders, Khun Chaikiri Srifuengfung and Khun Chanya Srifuengfung. In 2009 Sandra Cooper joined the Foundation, a qualified coach/examiner for the Asia region in Equine Assisted Therapy.
Many disabled people benefit from riding, some from the therapy in gives, others by actually learning to ride. The benefits are enormous and wide-ranging. They include improvements in balance, co-ordination, muscle tone, concentration and behaviour.
Equine Assisted Therapy may be used to add value in dealing with physical disabilities cause by neurological, motor and sensory disabilities. Learning disabilities as in Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder also benefit from this form of therapy.
Volunteers give up their time willingly and cheerfully to help in the running of this Foundation. The instructor keeps a profile of each rider, which is reviewed and updated after each session. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings for schools at 10.00am – 12.00noon. Volunteers are always needed and training is given, there is no need to have any experience with disabilities or horses to become a volunteer, just a happy face.
To make such an event successful the Foundation relies on donations and welcomes any forms of sponsorship. For more information and/or for ticket reservation call 086 8483684 (Eng).