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6A Feather River Bulletin \\;\ Wednesday, March 31, 2010 \\;, \\;\ F'rst foal at FRC ............ Spring has arrived.., or at least Feather River Col- lege's first foal of the sea- son has arrived! This filly was born at the FRC Equine Center late in the evening of Wednesday, March 3 She is out of the FRC mare Pebbles and was sired by the college's newest stal- lion, Shooter. She is sorrel right now but will probably turn grey as she grows up. She has a white star on her forehead and two small socks on her hind legs. Fol- lowing tradition, the equine program held a con- test and asked students to come up with a name for the filly. The winning name was "Shooter on the Rocks," submitted by Kelsey Waiters. "Roxy" was the first of the season, but since then, another three foals have been born, mak- ing for a very busy March at the FRC Equine Center. Photo by Amberley Eck/ courtesy Feather River College Excitement ; - -$-3-;;; X-Large - - ! Here! I Open I days I ' $2 1tam- lOpm , off Large I ' off Medium I I l Not good with any other offer. Expires 5-31-10 Plumas Pines Shopping Center, Quincy 283-2320 Tom Gage is an example of what Horses Unlimited, Inc., has achieved with some of its students. He can now ride unassisted and is active in caring for two of the group's horses The group is holding enrollment sessions next month and will begin training in May. Photo submitted Horse program achieves much Horses Unlimited, Inc., a nonprofit that provides ther- apy for children and adults with special needs, will hold enrollment roundups April 10 and April 24. The events are opportunities for potential students and volunteers to find out more about the orga- nization and set up training sessions. Lessons start May 2 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. The group will hold its an- nual fundraising bowlathon April 18 and a golf tourna- Need help REPI If it's ing we can''ll find somo can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 .mmm General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 ment May 12. Funds will be used for current projects such as purchasing a mobile ramp to help students mount the horses and buying a car- go trailer to make the pro- gram more mobile since stu- dents are located throughout the county and are not al- ways able to travel. Student Tom Gage is a good example of what the program can achieve. "I was im- pressed by his passion for the program, his commitment to making it better and his ex- ceptional ability to articulate both," said newly elected board member Diana Mac- Gregor. Tom's experience with HUI began in 1994, and he clearly recalled the first horse he rode was Valentine, so named for being red with a white marking on the fore- head. Tom was learning how to catch a horse and he re- calls that Valentine came right up to him and licked his hand. Tom explained one needs to learn many things when working with HUI, and catch- ing a horse is only one. The most difficult part was getting on and off the horse. Tom initially used a specially designed platform to assist with mounting. He also learned strengthening exer- cises that helped him mount without assistance. HUI works with each stu- dent at his level and identi- fies all areas that require spe- cial attention. Tom now competes in many events and his greatest accomplishment was win- ning a first-place ribbon at the play day in Quincy. He rode Martha. Tom's new horse is Sabrina who, Tom explained, is very fast. His current goal is to continue to work with Sabri- na to slow her down since she loves the big arena and gets excited because she wants to take off and show her stuff. Tom currently lives on his family's ranch and takes care of Justin and Martha, both HUI horses. He also manages his neighbor's animals -- seven ducks, 10 hens, one turkey, four goats and a don- key named Barney. While this sounds like a full-time job, Tom also has a number of projects at his own place; the most recent was pruning the family orchard and spreading manure for fertilizer. "Tom has a lot of confi- dence and has overcome a lot of obstacles that HUI has helped him with," said Mac- Gregor. "He has a great en- thusiasm for the future of HUI. When I asked what he thought would make HUI bet- ter, he was more than willing to share. In Tom's opinion more money and more volun- teers are needed." HUI is strictly nonprofit and all students need a vary- ing number of volunteers to help them through the many phases of the program. Stu- dents and volunteers develop relationships critical to the success of the program. For more information, con- tact Loren Sternberg at 836- 2795 or Diana MacGregor at 836-2084. 1 Year Anniversary Celebration!l Saturday, April 3rd 10am to 4pm 15% to 25% off selected items * Rowan * Josharp * Noro and more ' ,. " ).  ,i Hwy 89, Graeagle 836-1680 OFFER ENDS SOON, CALL TODAYI Plumas Satellites 1 800 434-7428 830-284-1701 " " 530-257-5767 NETWORK. Your dish network consultants AUTHORIZED RETAILER Vleit us online at: 283-0191