Therapeutic Equestrian NonProfit Raises Awareness With Motorcycle Ride

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Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES), a therapeutic horsemanship program for people with disabilities – primarily children on the Autism spectrum and/or who have learning delays and emotional disorders, has announced plans for its first benefit motorcycle ride to coincide with the Kentucky Derby.

The inaugural Iron Horse Ride for the ROSES will take place this coming Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., departing Cromwell Valley Park-Willow Grove Farm in Parkville.  

“This event encourages people to take a tour through some of the most scenic countryside in our area, while raising awareness and support for our therapeutic horsemanship programs which serve special needs children,” said Joan Marie Twining, founder and executive director of ROSES.

Registration is $30 per rider (T-shirt included for the first 200 registrants) and $20 per passenger, and includes light refreshments. Visit for more information or to register. For questions, email [email protected] or call event chair, Linda Hutchinson Troyer, at 443.630.8785.

Founded in 1998, Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has volunteer openings for retirees and others, internship and research opportunities for college students, service learning hours for middle and high school students, remediation classes for students academically at-risk, as well as workshops and projects for Scouts.

Situated on 12 acres of farmland adjacent to Gunpowder State Park, ROSES serves students from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the surrounding areas. The school has established partnerships with numerous organizations seeking to either serve or learn about individuals with disabilities, including: Baltimore County Public Schools ~ Autism Program, Functional Academic Learning Support Program, Student Service Learning, Post Secondary Vocational Placement Program; Towson University ~ Occupational Therapy Department, Family Studies and Community Development Department; Sheppard Pratt’s Forbush Schools; Kennedy Krieger Leap Program;  The ARC of Baltimore, and Girl & Boy Scouts of America. For more information about ROSES and its programs, contact 410-592-2562 or


Edited from Press Release

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