WEST DEPTFORD — On Saturday, Sept. 26, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli, and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro attended a ceremony honoring the South Jersey Therapeutic Riding Center at the Gloucester County DREAM Park and its founder, Terry Lewis.
“The South Jersey Therapeutic Riding Center provides a horseback riding experience to children and adults with varying levels of physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities to enhance the quality of their lives,” said Sweeney. “Pairing an emotional support network with horseback riding serves to create a welcoming environment that fosters social connections and recovery.”
“The Gloucester County DREAM Park is a hub of valuable programs like the South Jersey Therapeutic Riding Center that provides important recreational opportunities for the region,” said Burzichelli. “The DREAM Park is a source of pride for Gloucester County and it truly honors the rich equestrian and agricultural traditions of our region.”
The event included the presentation of a donation towards the purchase of a chair lift to equip the center with the resources to serve a wider range of special needs students. The founder of the program, Terry Lewis, has been active in the horse industry for over 40 years of his career and has an Instructor Certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. His skills, certification, and love for horses motivated his work toward establishing the South Jersey Therapeutic Riding Center at the Gloucester County DREAM Park.
“Terry Lewis has truly embodied the spirit of a committed Certified PATH Instructor; he has affected positive change and provided a support network for our most vulnerable residents,” added Taliaferro. “I applaud Terry for his decades of service and for founding the South Jersey Therapeutic Riding Center which has strengthened and empowered the lives of those in need.”