Posted on Tuesday, Jul. 12th, 2016

Lions Help With Horseback Riding Therapy

For teenager Julia Walsh horseback riding is more than a pleasure, it’s physical therapy. She was born at 29 weeks, weighing just over two pounds. And she is afflicted with cerebral palsy. But one wouldn’t know it to see her astride Moonshadow at Victory Farm near Clover. Under the leadership of Dory Pell, Victory Farm operates a Therapeutic Riding Program, and according to Julia’s mother, Janet, riding helps stretch Julia’s muscles and improves her ability to walk. But with the family on a tight budget they needed a little help with riding costs. That’s where the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club came in, ponying up $400 dollars for 10 lessons for Julia. According to outgoing Lions president, Len Fleet, “ To see the smile on Julia’s face as she rode around the ring  was priceless. I’m so glad we could help.”