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Jason Summers sits on his horse, Sugar, after recently earning two ribbons at the Longview Horse Arena. Dream Catchers, a therapeutic horseback riding program in Cameron, will hold their fifth annual chili cook-off fundraiser Sept. 25.

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Cameron, Missouri, will hold their fifth annual chili cook-off fundraiser this month. Dream Catchers, a nonprofit organization in Clinton County, offers equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with disabilities through the movement of horses and human interaction with them. Pam Swindler, director of the program, said the farm is open to riders of all ages with physical, cognitive and emotional disorders. On Thursdays, the program is open to veterans. Swindler said the horses are trained to help riders get optimal riding benefit. Each horse and rider are matched based on physical therapeutic needs such as improving balance and coordination. Bonding with the horses also benefits the riders with emotional and mental wellbeing. She said a range of horse breeds can be effective as therapeutic horses. The program has adopted a horse named Honey, which is a Haflinger that was rescued, and uses the horse for riders with autism, blindness and those that have experienced paralysis. Riders are matched with horses that are cared for through the funds raised for the program. “We see a wide array of medical issues and we can use horses to accomplish their therapeutic objectives,” Swindler said. “It’s hard to put into words all the stories we have of seeing improvement in our riders.” Jason Summers cares daily for the horses on the farm and works alongside Swindler to run the program. He is deaf, but is a vital part of the program by helping other riders overcome their challenges. His horse, Sugar, is a registered fox trotter with blue eyes. Summers and Sugar earned 2nd and 4th place ribbons at the Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association All Breed Open Show at Longview Horse Arena on Aug. 28. Swindler and her walking horse, Junior, earned one 1st place ribbon, two 2nd place ribbons and one 4th place ribbon at the same horse show. Dream Catchers is a long-standing horse program in the community and is asking for landowners in the area to provide extra hay for the horses during winter. The fifth “Blazing Saddles” Chili Cook-Off will start at 5 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Cameron Community Center Building located at 915 N. Ashland Drive in Cameron. The fee for the event will cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 years old and is free for children three years old and younger. Those who would like to enter chili into the contest must register by Sept. 18. The registration fee is $20 and includes the cost of dinner. In addition, there will be an auction of homemade items, desserts and baked goods. For more information, contact Swindler by phone at 816-724-0344. The program also can be found online at www.facebook.com/dreamcatchersmissouri.

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Cameron, Missouri, will hold their fifth annual chili cook-off fundraiser this month.

Dream Catchers, a nonprofit organization in Clinton County, offers equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with disabilities through the movement of horses and human interaction with them.

Pam Swindler, director of the program, said the farm is open to riders of all ages with physical, cognitive and emotional disorders. On Thursdays, the program is open to veterans.

Swindler said the horses are trained to help riders get optimal riding benefit. Each horse and rider are matched based on physical therapeutic needs such as improving balance and coordination. Bonding with the horses also benefits the riders with emotional and mental wellbeing.

She said a range of horse breeds can be effective as therapeutic horses. The program has adopted a horse named Honey, which is a Haflinger that was rescued, and uses the horse for riders with autism, blindness and those that have experienced paralysis.

Riders are matched with horses that are cared for through the funds raised for the program.

“We see a wide array of medical issues and we can use horses to accomplish their therapeutic objectives,” Swindler said. “It’s hard to put into words all the stories we have of seeing improvement in our riders.”

Jason Summers cares daily for the horses on the farm and works alongside Swindler to run the program.

He is deaf, but is a vital part of the program by helping other riders overcome their challenges.

His horse, Sugar, is a registered fox trotter with blue eyes. Summers and Sugar earned 2nd and 4th place ribbons at the Eastern Kansas Arabian Horse Association All Breed Open Show at Longview Horse Arena on Aug. 28.

Swindler and her walking horse, Junior, earned one 1st place ribbon, two 2nd place ribbons and one 4th place ribbon at the same horse show.

Dream Catchers is a long-standing horse program in the community and is asking for landowners in the area to provide extra hay for the horses during winter.

The fifth “Blazing Saddles” Chili Cook-Off will start at 5 p.m., Sept. 25 at the Cameron Community Center Building located at 915 N. Ashland Drive in Cameron.

The fee for the event will cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12 years old and is free for children three years old and younger.

Those who would like to enter chili into the contest must register by Sept. 18. The registration fee is $20 and includes the cost of dinner.

In addition, there will be an auction of homemade items, desserts and baked goods.

For more information, contact Swindler by phone at 816-724-0344. The program also can be found online at www.facebook.com/dreamcatchersmissouri.

Maragret Slayton can be reached at margaret.slayton@newspressnow.com.