RELEASED: Pony Club Members Ride Perfect Horse

PONY CLUB MEMBERS RIDE THE PERFECT HORSE

By: All Xena’s Horses, LLC

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club rode the perfect horse June 22nd, when they saddled up “Xena,” a riding simulator housed at All Xena’s Horses, near Houston, Texas.

Ms. Lou Hutchison, the youngest member of the San Jacinto Pony Club, rides the simulator during a visit to All Xena's Horses on June 22nd, 2014.  The fully interactive simulator is one of only a few in the U.S., and is also used for therapeutic work.  (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena's Horses / RELEASED).

Ms. Lou Hutchison, the youngest member of the San Jacinto Pony Club, rides the simulator during a visit to All Xena’s Horses on June 22nd, 2014. The fully interactive simulator is one of only a few in the U.S., and is also used for therapeutic work. (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena’s Horses / RELEASED).

The fully interactive dressage simulator is one of only a few in the United States. Multiple sensors located in the saddle, head, bit, neck, and sides provide instant feedback about the rider’s balance and posture, weight distribution, use of the hands and reins, and leg pressure and position. Mirrors on both sides allow the rider to see their own position as they ride anything from a collected trot to piaffe. A hydraulic lift makes the machine accessible to wheelchair bound and physically impaired riders.

“My experience with the simulator was interesting to say the least,” said Pony Club member Jessica Fan, fresh off of a Reserve Champion title at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. “It allows you to see how correctly balanced you are in the saddle and also allows you to see you cueing aids and how effective they are and how much pressure it is needed to cue. All in all, the simulator created an experience very much like riding a horse.”

All Xena’s Horses is veteran-owned and operated, and also houses The Xena Project, dedicated to helping veterans into the saddle. Prior to their rides, United States Pony Club members learned about the fundamentals of designing a therapeutic riding program.

“Find your passion, and use that energy to share what you know about horses with people you truly care about,” encouraged Navy veteran Jan Shultis, Founder, The Xena Project. “You are blessed to grow up with horses, but not everyone is that way; not everyone has experienced a horse’s healing magic. Share what you know, share what you have, and you will change lives.”

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club and their parents stretch before riding the simulator during a visit to All Xena's Horses on June 22nd, 2014.  Their visit also included a discussion of therapeutic riding, and how the simulator plays a vital role in the therapeutic programs offered at the facility.  (Photo by Leslie Fan, San Jacinto Pony Club / RELEASED).

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club and their parents stretch before riding the simulator during a visit to All Xena’s Horses on June 22nd, 2014. Their visit also included a discussion of therapeutic riding, and how the simulator plays a vital role in the therapeutic programs offered at the facility. (Photo by Leslie Fan, San Jacinto Pony Club / RELEASED).

The mission of USPC is to “develop character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.” Members of USPC have joined an organization dedicated to producing well-rounded horsemen and women and one that has produced many of the past and current Olympic and International riders.

USPC’s educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship. From the moment youth join USPC until they graduate, members are part of a broad network of activities and educational programs that promote the health and safety of both horse and rider. USPC is dedicated to developing knowledgeable, competent, responsible, and caring horsemen. Learn more at ponyclub.org.

Learn more about All Xena’s Horses and the simulator at xenahorse.com.

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Please direct all media queries to All Xena’s Horses, Phone: (619) 415-1440, ride@xenahorse.com

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