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Rebecca Blitz, executive director of Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, enjoys working with the kids during the summer camp. This is the first year the nonprofit has had a summer camp.

Horsing around in East County

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Rebecca Blitz, executive director of Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, enjoys working with the kids during the summer camp. This is the first year the nonprofit has had a summer camp.

Alexis Mariano, who is 11 years old, feeds Norman. Mariano wanted to participate in the camp to have a fun activity to do with friends.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Alexis Mariano, who is 11 years old, feeds Norman. Mariano wanted to participate in the camp to have a fun activity to do with friends.

Samantha Toomey, equine manager, and volunteer Ellie Blitz, help 10-year-old camper Joseph Woolbert put a saddle pad on Buddy Cassidy.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Samantha Toomey, equine manager, and volunteer Ellie Blitz, help 10-year-old camper Joseph Woolbert put a saddle pad on Buddy Cassidy.

Campers Angela LeBouf, who is 9, and Gracie Gerling, who is 11, brush Cherokee before taking the horse out to ride.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Campers Angela LeBouf, who is 9, and Gracie Gerling, who is 11, brush Cherokee before taking the horse out to ride.

Volunteer Ilee Finochiaro leads Cherokee out to the arena. Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy has at least five volunteers to work with five campers.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Volunteer Ilee Finochiaro leads Cherokee out to the arena. Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy has at least five volunteers to work with five campers.

Volunteers Ilee Finochiaro and Ellie Blitz walk alongside camper Gracie Gerling, who is 11, in the arena.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Volunteers Ilee Finochiaro and Ellie Blitz walk alongside camper Gracie Gerling, who is 11, in the arena.

Camper Joseph Woolbert, who is 10, rides Buddy Cassidy while Samantha Toomey, the equine manager, guides them around the arena. Before riding, campers learn about the horses and how to care for them.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Camper Joseph Woolbert, who is 10, rides Buddy Cassidy while Samantha Toomey, the equine manager, guides them around the arena. Before riding, campers learn about the horses and how to care for them.

Volunteers Ryan Blitz and Ilee Finochiaro walk alongside camper Angela LeBouf, who is 9. LeBouf was excited to ride Buddy Cassidy.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Volunteers Ryan Blitz and Ilee Finochiaro walk alongside camper Angela LeBouf, who is 9. LeBouf was excited to ride Buddy Cassidy.

Camper Lilly Gerling, who is 9, listens to equine manager Samantha Toomey while she rides Cherokee. Cherokee is 22 years old.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Camper Lilly Gerling, who is 9, listens to equine manager Samantha Toomey while she rides Cherokee. Cherokee is 22 years old.

Cherokee is happy to be back with riders like camper Lilly Gerling, who is 9, since Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy has been closed since April 1.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Cherokee is happy to be back with riders like camper Lilly Gerling, who is 9, since Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy has been closed since April 1.

Samantha Toomey, equine manager, directs camper Alexis Mariano, who is 11, where to go in the arena while giving her tips on riding. Mariano has ridden a horse twice before the camp.

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2020 |

Samantha Toomey, equine manager, directs camper Alexis Mariano, who is 11, where to go in the arena while giving her tips on riding. Mariano has ridden a horse twice before the camp.

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