NTRC Announces Inaugural “Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic” for January 29, 2018

NTRC Announces Inaugural Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic 
To be held Monday, January 29, 2018 at Quail West Golf & Country Club

(Naples, FL, December 7, 2017) – Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, will kick off 2018 with its inaugural “Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic” on Monday, January 29 at Quail West Golf & Country Club with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the tournament will fund NTRC’s vital programs including therapeutic riding, equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP), equine-facilitated learning (EFL), Operation Strides (a program for military veterans) and other equine-facilitated activities.

“We are anticipating 88-100 or more golfers this year,” said Bob Daggett, co-chair of the event. “We’re excited to offer the golfing community a tournament on the incredible Quail West golf course. This event is yet another way in which we can support the efforts of a great organization that serves people with various physical and mental disabilities through equine-therapeutic programs.”

The skills developed through golf are similar to the skills the participants with special needs and disabilities develop at NTRC through equine-assisted programs and therapies. “Good golfers develop coordination, balance, core strength and motor skills as they perfect their game. I recently learned that these are some of the skills that participants develop through therapeutic riding at NTRC. It makes sense that we launch a golf tournament to benefit NTRC and recognize the similarities in skill development in our golf community as well as our community of children and adults with special needs,” commented Co-Chair George Jacobs.

NTRC welcomes individuals, businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event (Foursomes $1200; Individual Player $325). The format for the tournament is a 4-player Scramble. Prizes include a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, in addition to awards for the winning teams. A silent auction will take place along with other ways in which players can support the mission of NTRC. A boxed lunch will be provided to each player prior to the start. At 5:30 p.m. there will be an awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. More information about the tournament, including online registration and sponsorships can be found on NTRC’s website www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org/golf.

About Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Established in 1995, Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc. d/b/a Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. With a dedicated staff and group of volunteers, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center, provides therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to more than 660 participants per year. Through donations and sponsorships, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy to those who need the service most, regardless of income level. NTRC participants live with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, amputations, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities.  For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit www.NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center collaborates with many other local non-profit organizations to provide the benefits of equine-assisted therapies.  Some of these organizations include David Lawrence Center, Hazelden Betty Ford, Shelter for Abused Women and Children, PACE Center for Girls, ABLE Academy, Youth Haven, Lighthouse of Collier County, MS Center of SWFL, Mental Health Resource Center, Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled and New Beginnings and Naples High of Collier County Public Schools.

Contact:
Betsy Keteltas
239-596-2988
bketeltas@ntrc.org

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a proud partner of:

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)The Naples Children and Education Foundation
United Way of Collier County

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