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Exceptional Equestrians honors volunteers

HOBART – Exceptional Equestrians celebrated 4,400 hours of service by 205 volunteers in 2017 at its annual Volunteer Banquet and Service Awards Thursday, Jan. 11.

“Volunteers are an instrumental part of the progress, joy, and success of the people we serve,” said Nancy Williquette, director of marketing and development. “Our volunteers’ commitment to service makes the work we do at Exceptional Equestrians possible.”

Exceptional Equestrians volunteers assist during weekly hippotherapy and therapeutic riding sessions where they get to know the clients, see their progress, and share in their victories.

Volunteers also help with office, facility, and special events tasks and on the board and committees.

The following volunteers who reached milestones in their service to Exceptional Equestrians received special recognition and awards:

900 hours
Birgit Dierberg, Green Bay

500 hours
Nicole Curran, Hobart
Susan Endries, Menasha

300 hours
Ellen Gourley, Hobart

150 hours
Gail Brittnacher, Kimberly
Chris Peterson, De Pere
Andi Krawczyk, Pulaski

100 hours
Jenna Dais, Pittsfield
Doris Hobaugh, Green Bay
Olivia Gibbons, De Pere
Liz McDonald, Hobart
Kellie Schmieder, Shawano
Connie Von Arx, De Pere
Mike Williquette, Suamico

Founded in 1999, Exceptional Equestrians provides hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine-assisted learning programs to children, teens, and adults from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.

The non-profit organization is one of the most comprehensive programs in the Midwest with year-round riding, licensed therapists, and certified riding instructors.

Located in Hobart, Exceptional Equestrians helps people age 2 and up with a wide spectrum of conditions and disorders such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, brain injury, and sensory dysfunction, serving 250 individuals annually.

For more information about Exceptional Equestrians, visit exceptionalequestrians.org or call 920-347-3174.

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