SOUTH VALLEY IS HELPING PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES — BUILD LIFE SKILLS…AND GET JOBS. AND NOW, THEY’RE LOOKING TO EXPAND. NEWS 13S SARA YINGLING GIVE US AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW A LOCAL FARM — IS HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES…THAT’S NEW THIS MORNING. 19:44 “it’s good to see you! are you going to ride soon? you got your helmet.” 19:46 FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES — MANDY’S FARM IN SOUTHWEST ALBUQUERQUE HAS OFFERED DOZENS OF PARTICIPANTS A PLACE TO LEARN VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS — IN A WAY YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT … BY PARTNERING PEOPLE …WITH HORSES. ANTHONY BOURGOIS WAS BORN WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY. DURING THE WEEK — HE WORKS AT SLICE PARLOR — BUT TODAY — HE’S SADDLING UP AS PART OF THE FARM’S HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM. 23:46 it helps me with my job 23:47 2:18 it’s a really interesting way to build confidence and to help the individuals we serve see that theyre capable of what they’ve been lead to believe. 2:27 FOUNDERS DAVID AND RUTHIE ROBBINS SAY THEY STARTED THE TRAINING AS A WAY TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR DAUGHTER AMANDA–WHO HAS AUTISM. 4:05 they really saw that horsemanship could provide that same sense of self worth and excitement for other individuals with disabilities… 4:13 FROM THAT POINT-THEY WERE DETERMINED TO PROVIDE THOSE SAME OPPORTUNITIES TO OTHERS– JUST LIKE AMANDA. TODAY–IT’S TEACHING ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HORSE RIDING WITH A HANDS ON APPROACH. STARTING IN THE CLASSROOM… 20:21 “like learning what are the parts of the horse and things like that…” 20:36 AND THEN OUTSIDE– IN THE RIDING PEN. 28:42 “hi how are you? wonderful good!” 28:46 THE PROGRAM IS ALSO IMPACTING ITS VOLUNTEERS AS WELL… LIKE RENEE VARGAS– A STUDENT AT ATRISCO HERITAGE– WHO HAS A-D-H-D MOOD DISORDER. 27:31 animals basically calm me down and they understand me. 27:35 AND AFTER SEEING HOW MUCH THE PROGRAM HAS HELPED BOTH PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS– ORGANIZERS WANT TO OPEN IT UP TO EVERYBODY. 11:50 to really create the opportunity for up this incredible program to anybody who might want to build these skills. 12:00 SARA YINGLING, KRQE NEWS 13. THEIR PLAN IS TO EXPAND THE ADAPTIVE HORSEMANSHIP BY OPENING IT UP TO THOSE WHO ARE AGE 5 AND UP BY THIS APRIL. BUT THEY SAY THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS. RIGHT NOW– MANDY’S FARM HELPS MORE THAN 125 ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION- WE’VE POSTED A LINK ON KRQE DOT COM AND ON THE KRQE NEWS APP.