Councilmember Austin Invites Public to Therapeutic Riding Center Open House

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Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin - Photo from Facebook

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin – Photo from Facebook

Councilmember Al Austin II invites local residents to an open house at Dream Catcher of L.A.’s Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Long Beach’s Eighth District.

The free event takes place on Sunday, September 20 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at 1003 W. Carson St., west of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. To reach Dream Catcher, go east on Carson Street from Santa Fe Avenue and proceed through the tunnel.

“Dream Catcher Therapeutic Riding Center is doing incredible work with children and adults, including veterans, with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities,” said Councilmember Austin. “It is a hidden gem of the Eighth District and I am excited to invite the community to learn more about the work being done there.”

The event will feature demonstrations of how Dream Catcher volunteers and horses work with children and adults to overcome physical and emotional disabilities.

Dream Catcher offers a variety of services, including therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted therapies. They also assist military personnel and veterans through their Horses for Forces <http://www.dreamcatcherla.com/horse-for-forces.html> program, which is tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, while also providing a supportive and therapeutic environment for their families and loved ones.

“I started this work as a volunteer and right away I could see the difference therapeutic riding made for people and how empowering it can be,” said Joan Blank, Dream Catcher’s executive director. “I never knew this existed eight years ago and I just fell in love with it, seeing the difference it makes in people’s lives.”

Participants will be able to meet the center’s horses, including Studly, the miniature horse who starred in a 2014 Super Bowl commercial.

To learn more about the services offered by Dream Catcher, visit their website, www.dreamcatcherla.com . Dream Catcher is a non-profit organization and is a Certified Center Member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), offering equine assisted activities and therapies.

A light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by emailing district8@longbeach.gov or calling (562) 570-6685.

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