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Boot Scootin’ Bash and 5K Dash set for April 27

Beyond Boundaries, an equine assisted therapy center located in Ward, is hosting the seventh-annual Boot Scootin’ Bash and 5K Dash on April 27. This is a fundraiser focused on raising awareness of the organization by actively engaging the community that it serves. The silent auction opens at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k race beginning at 8 a.m.

As the race is coming to a close, rider demonstrations will begin at 8:30 a.m. Riders are clients that are seen for hippotherapy at Beyond Boundaries and who volunteer to ride during the demonstrations. It’s a great way to involve our friends around whom our program is focused, according to Tiffany Mattzela, public relations director.

“Both the clients and the parents enjoy participating and it gives the audience a sense of what happens during an actual hippotherapy session,” she said. “It promotes overall education and awareness regarding this very specialized therapeutic tool. A break is taken about halfway through the rider demonstrations to announce top race times and present medals.”

Throughout the event, a free lunch is provided and booths are hosted for other community based organizations and local businesses. The event also includes various activities for children including the “Kids Corner” sponsored and presented by Home Depot. The event is free, and there is a $20 option A registration fee for 5k participants, which includes a runner’s gift bag and cotton race shirt. There is also offer a $25 Option B registration that includes the registration fee, runner’s gift bag and an Under Armour t-shirt.

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Beyond Boundaries is a non-profit therapy center that was established in 2003 and gained non-profit status in 2004. It is a place where individuals with disabilities and their families can create strong animal and human bonds and experience overwhelming therapy success. Beyond Boundaries currently has 12 nationally registered hippotherapists (physical, occupational and speech therapist) that practice at its facility. Program Director, Jamie Carman-Regan is a therapeutic riding instructor who holds an Advanced Instructor Training Level.

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