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Southern STARRS calls for volunteers

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Therapeutic horseback riding classes for special needs children, adults and veterans is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of the Southern STARRS riding program's fall classes.

Children age three and over with a diagnosed physical or mental disability are eligible to participate with registration, and the STARRS-4-STRIPES program offers therapeutic horseback riding for veterans with disabilities such as PTSD, amputation, traumatic brain injury and paralysis. The program is also open to first responders who have experienced a disabling injury.

Registration forms are available at The forms can also be mailed by calling the STARRS office at (615) 428-3347. STARRS opened its riding program in May of 2000 and serves up to 30 students each week in regular classes and special groups. The program is open to the Middle Tennessee region.

Volunteers are needed to work Monday evenings from 5:30 until 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Volunteers work from the ground, so no horseback riding experience is required; however, applicants who have experience working with horses are welcome. Volunteers are required to be 14 years of age or older, capable of walking or jogging during a one-hour class, capable of lifting at least 30 pounds and to complete a volunteer registration at

Group volunteer orientations will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. with a barbecue lunch. Ongoing individual volunteer orientation is held as new volunteers apply. Student internships and service learning credit are available for high school and college students, and TN Promise and TN Scholar students in need of community service hours are welcome.

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