Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center names first Rider of the - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center names first Rider of the Month

Posted: Updated:

MESA, WA - Since 2006, Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center in Mesa has been unlocking human potential through the power of horses. It all started with Braxton Schwendiman, who's being recognized as rider of the month. 

Braxton was two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with autism. 

"When he first started, he would not even touch a horse," said Shandiin Schwendiman, Braxton's mom. 

Shandiin learned the Strides program was starting up when Braxton turned four and they quickly jumped on the opportunity. 

"From the beginning, Braxton got to be in control of the speed of the horse," said Jill McCary, Executive Director at Strides. Control that has translated to other aspects of his life. 

"We have kids that don't speak, that speak their first words from the back of a horse," said McCary. 

Almost a decade later, Braxton has gone from timid and non-verbal to a confident rider. He's now helping teach lessons at Strides and has gotten the whole family involved. 

McCary said this is the first year they have a rider of the month. They chose Braxton because he has been riding the longest. 

Strides has grown since 2006. It now serves 76 riders and they hope to expand their services to veterans soon. 

Braxton is being featured on the Strides website


 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Protecting your digital footprint

    Protecting your digital footprint

    Thursday, October 18 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-10-19 01:22:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON= October is named National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security

    More >>

    WASHINGTON= October is named National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security

    More >>
  • Benton PUD says power is restored after widespread outage

    Benton PUD says power is restored after widespread outage

    Thursday, October 18 2018 8:16 PM EDT2018-10-19 00:16:10 GMT

    Benton PUD says power is coming back on for most people in Kennewick after an excavator took out a transmission line in the area of 36th and Gum Street.

    More >>

    Benton PUD says power is coming back on for most people in Kennewick after an excavator took out a transmission line in the area of 36th and Gum Street.

    More >>
  • Energy Northwest Siren Testing

    Energy Northwest Siren Testing

    Energy Northwest Siren Testing

    Thursday, October 18 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-10-18 17:21:10 GMT

    Emergency response officials from Benton and Franklin Counties, Energy Northwest and the Department of Energy, will conduct annual siren tests Thursday, October 18, between 10 a.m. and noon. Testing will include sirens along the Columbia and Yakima rivers and in portions of both Benton and Franklin counties within about 10 miles of Columbia Generating Station.

    More >>

    Emergency response officials from Benton and Franklin Counties, Energy Northwest and the Department of Energy, will conduct annual siren tests Thursday, October 18, between 10 a.m. and noon. Testing will include sirens along the Columbia and Yakima rivers and in portions of both Benton and Franklin counties within about 10 miles of Columbia Generating Station.

    More >>