Two Pate ranch horseriding residents took part in this year’s Fort Worth Chisholm Challenge riding competition at John Justin Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district.
The annual horse show is for people with disabilities and draws a huge crowd of supporters every year. It’s a chance for riders to demonstrate their skills and grit, and meet other rider-athletes who are changing the way people think about disabilities.
The annual Chisholm Challenge is sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and offers competitions in showmanship, horsemanship and equitation. There are also specialty Western-style competitions like trot/walk, canter/lope and more. The Pate ranch horseriding team (and several resident fans who accompanied them) spent almost fourteen hours away from the ranch which is a very long day. But it was worth it – they had the time of their lives.
Brinlee Creek Ranch offers equine assisted therapies to patients, a treatment modality that uses the wordless communication with horses to build trust, confidence and skills. It works on muscle control, assertiveness, problem solving and helps people connect with inner selves by working with horses who tend to mirror the individual’s emotions. Equine therapy builds psychological, cognitive and physical strength and it’s a whole lot of fun.
Pate is actually the pioneering brain injury rehabilitation in the North Texas area to first offer equine-assisted rehab and we’re very proud of the program.
Congrats to the rider-competitors and to our dedicated BCR staff of therapists, techs and transporters who made it possible.