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November 6, 1997

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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 6, 1997 15 day at the ranch thrills youngst00;rs TOP - The whole crew. MIDDLE -Patrick Bistune and Taylor Lord at the petting zoo. BOTTOM - Horseback Riding! Dakota Deeson at the reins with Ashlyn Graham and Martin Jonson behind. Jim Cadigan and Nicholas Ohnmacht on Arnold. by Patti Babcock "Wonderful" was a word used by parents when asked their opinion ofthe"field day" for Martha Reedy's special education class. "Fun" was the children' s favorite descrip- tion. One grinned as she ex- pressed a common sentiment, "I liked it." What they liked was riding horses, petting small animals, playing in a childrens' clubhouse and eat- ing hot dogs. They also found excitement bobbing for apples, breaking a big pump- kin pinata and finally in re- ceiving a bag of treats to take home. Jim and Anna Cadigan hosted the "field day" at their Tennessee Walking Horse Ranch in Pahrump on Thurs- day, October 23. The couple provided a lively country ex- perience for the 18 children attending. The youngsters delighted in touching, holding and play- ing with the goat, guinea pigs, rabbits and ducks in the "pet- ting zoo." Then came the big thrill, riding a horse. The two physically chal- lenged children shared the joy of riding supported by Jim who rode with them. Roanie, a 25 year old Tennessee Walk- ing Horse donated to the ranch for the children, and Arnold, a former Excalibur* chariot horse, patiently and proudly carried their small charges. Jim and parent volunteers lifted the squirming cowboys and cowgirls onto the horses' backs and then led them around an enclosed arena. Dakota didn't want to ride the horse. "No," she said when encouraged to give it a try. She relented when teacher Reedy offered to ride with her. Once aboard the big horse, Dakota' s face lit up with won- der. After the other children rode, she asked to go again, alone. Wearing abig, self con- fident smile, Dakota said she could ride the big horse now because she was a cowgirl. Children building self confidence while viewing the world from the back of a horse is a scenario familiar to the Cadigan couple. Prior to mov- ing to Pahrump from New Jersey, they spent five years providing horse therapy for challenged children bussed to the farm from numerous spe- cial needs schools. Their dream is to provide "horse therapy" forchildren in south- ern Nevada and neighboring California communities. Their challenge is to obtain funding to build the necessary facili- ties. If you have ideas, infor- mation or want to help, con- tact them at 727-8119. This is the second field trip the Cadigan' s have hosted this year. They plan to invite the group to the Tennessee Walking Horse Ranch at least quarterly. The excited squeals and happy smiles of the de- lighted youngsters are the best description of how great it is.