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SF Program Gives Kids Thrill, Therapy Of Horseback Riding

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    Sarah Meakin says people praise her all the time for the work she does helping disabled children experience the thrill and therapy of horseback riding. She's quick to tell them, though, she gets much more out of it than she gives. (Published Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013)

    Sarah Meakin's life changed when she was 12 years old. It just took her 17 years to realize it.

    When she was 12, Sarah's mother and father started the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program. Sarah, who had grown up around horses, was one of their most consistent volunteers.

    She was always there to help children with physical disabilities get on the back of, and ride, their two Norwegian Fjord horses, Daisy and Olaf.

    Sarah was such a big part of the program, in fact, that when it's executive director left in 2003, the board of directors asked her to fill the vacancy.

    She said yes, and soon realized, what she had been longing for in life, had been under her nose the whole time.

    To see her story, and see what the Brady Program does for disabled children, watch Garvin Thomas' story above.