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Horses for healing: Officers who responded to Virginia Beach mass shooting participate in unique therapy program

By Chelsea Donovan
WTKR News Channel 3
October 20, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Their saddles are in place; their ropes and reins are secured. Horses at the Virginia Beach Mounted Police are ready to trot to work.
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New Effort at the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol Facility in Pungo Offers Therapeutic Riding for Public Safety Personnel

AUTHOR: John-Henry Doucette
NEWS SOURCE: Princess Anne Independent News
DATE: 9/19/2021
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

Two years ago, Virginia Beach experienced the mass shooting at its municipal center in the Courthouse area, both a collective tragedy and the source of an untold number of individual tragedies. 

The Friday, May 31, 2019, event is a milestone in the lives of the city, its citizens and the people who comprise the city workforce — including the public safety personnel who responded to it and who have kept serving Virginia Beach through all that has happened since. This includes civil unrest and the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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GIVE LOCAL 757: Equine therapy helps children, veterans

AUTHOR: Ashley Smith
NEWS SOURCE: 13newsnow.com
DATE: 5/6/2021
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

COVID-19 has impacted critical therapy for people with mental and physical disabilities. EQUI-KIDS & EQUI-VETS are using equine therapy to help people heal.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Like so many other things, crucial physical and mental therapy was put on pause at the height of the pandemic.

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Equine therapeutic center welcomes back riders in Virginia Beach

AUTHOR: Angela Bohon
NEWS SOURCE: wtkr.com
DATE: 3/12/2021
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For the first time in a year, an equine therapy center in Virginia Beach is reopening its doors to its clients.

EQUI-KIDS and EQUI-VETS, located in the same facility off Sandbridge Road, provide therapeutic riding programs for children with mental and physical disabilities and military veterans.

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Giving Back Awards: EQUI-KIDS

AUTHOR: Ryan Miller
NEWS SOURCE:  coastalvirginiamag.com
DATE: 11/23/2019
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

EQUI-KIDS Empowers and Inspires Individuals with Disabilities Through Equine-Assisted Programs

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Chairman of EQUI-KIDS charity shares inspiration as Nov. 17 fundraiser approaches

AUTHOR: Cindy Butler Focke
NEWS SOURCE: pilotonline.com
DATE: 11/07/2018
LOCATION: Virginia Beach,VA

Michael Borza not only helps people stay financially healthy but physically as well.
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United Way of South Hampton Roads holds ‘Day of Caring’

AUTHOR: Web Staff
NEWS SOURCE: WTKR.com
DATE: 09/07/2018
LOCATION: Norfolk, VA

The United Way of South Hampton Roads will mobilize 1,202 volunteers from more than 40 different companies to complete 120 projects at community nonprofit organizations during its annual Day of Caring.
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EQUI-KIDS therapy horse named Equine of the Year

AUTHOR: wtkrintern
NEWS SOURCE: wtkr.com
DATE: 07/21/2015
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA

EQUI-KIDS, a therapeutic riding program serving the special needs community, is happy to announce that their therapy horse Levi was named Region 3 Equine of the Year by The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.). Region 3 includes Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
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