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Sept. 7, 2006
Horseback Riding Nearby
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info from the RSU
web: "RSU has initiated a $2.2 million fundraising campaign
to build an off-campus equestrian center that will house the Bit by Bit
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and the RSU Rodeo Team. The Frank
and Wanda Sanders Family Trust donated 23 acres of land for the facility,
which will be located just off U.S. Highway 169 five miles south of Oologah.
Bit by Bit is a cooperative program between RSU and Oologah-Talala Public
Schools to promote physical and mental health for disabled children and
adults through horseback riding."
of the RSU Bit-By-Bit Program, addressed the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Sept. 7, 2006.
new equestrian facility is located between Collinsville and Oologah on Highway
169. The drawings show what the facility will look like when all phases of construction
As Linda Barron described
her work with special needs children and their interaction with the horses
at the Bit-By-Bit program at Rogers State University, her passion was obvious.
The program has been active for over 10 years and had been on campus at RSU
in Claremore in a former Oklahoma Military Acadamy building there. As RSU
has transitioned from a 2-year to a 4-year University the growth on campus
(fastest growing university in Oklahoma with a 67% increase in enrollment
this year) had them looking for a new location for their non-traditional program.
Linda thanked Wanda Sanders in particular and many others for making the new
facility northeast of Collinsville a reality.
The special needs children "always succeed" at Bit-By-Bit and it
has a hugh positive impact on the kids and their families. Volunteers are
always needed as it takes a "team" for each rider including the
horse handler and a spotter on each side of the horse to assist the child.
The new facility can also host livestock shows, rodeos and other community
and university events.