MARSGMI is excited to welcome new non-profit partner, Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, whose programs include therapeutic riding lessons and horsemanship activities, equine-assisted learning, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and hippotherapy.
NVTRP will conduct a hippotherapy demonstration on Friday in the main arena during the lunch hour followed by a question and answer session with a licensed therapist.
NVTRP will also have ongoing programming of "Children's Hands-On Horsemanship Activities with Teddy the Miniature Horse" in the Meadow Market for several hours following the hippotherapy demonstration on Friday and again on Saturday.
"We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the MARS Great Meadow Invitational to help spread the word about the power of equine-assisted therapies. Collaborating with such a respected organization allows us a powerful platform to share the amazing benefits of riding and working with horses for people working to overcome all sorts of challenges. Sincere thanks to the MARSGMI team for their generosity and creativity in making this collaboration possible," said Kelsey Gallagher, NVTRP Executive Director.
Stay for additional demonstrations by Orvis, Hunt Country Canine, and the Inova Concussion Clinic.
Enjoy beer, wine, and cider from Old Ox Brewery in the Meadow Market with dozens of fantastic vendors and wonderful offerings from unique food trucks.
For a complete schedule of events over the weekend, click here. All events and times are tentative. General weekend passes are $20, daily tickets are $5 on Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday. Children under 12 get in free. Bring a donation to the Middleburg Humane Foundation and get in free.