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St. Andrews hosted SONC equestrian coaches training school

Laurinburg, N.C. – Twelve members of the local community attended the Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC) Equestrian Coaches Training School at the Singletary Therapeutic Riding Center of St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

“The training covered the structure and rules of SONC Equestrian competition,” said Megan Ellis, program director of Ride-Like-A-Knight at St. Andrews, who helped with the training’s coordination. “Trainees also learned the horsemanship skills expected of SONC competitors, and has a chance to practice those skills with therapeutic riding horses at Singletary TH Center.”

After the Jan. 15th training, the trainees are required to complete 10 hours of coaching SONC equestrian athletes and then can apply to become a certified coach.

“The intent of this training is to make it possible for Scotland County to take an Equestrian Team to the SONC State Equestrian Competition in October at the Hunt Horse Complex,” Ellis said.

The athletes will train at the Singletary TH Center in their chosen riding discipline in preparation for the state competition.

“SONC is a way to support the community and offer athletes with disabilities a chance to develop horsemanship skills, experience the joy of competition and share success with family and friends,” said Ellis. “I am excited to have another opportunity to share the love of horses with our community. SONC is a great organization and we’ve had tireless support from Carol Nichols, our county coordinator.”

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An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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