Hunkapi Programs, an equine therapy farm located in the heart of Scottsdale, is excited to announce that it will host Special Olympics Arizona for a two-day equestrian competition on November 16 and 17. The event, taking place on the property, returns to the Valley after a three-year hiatus. During the event, special Olympians from across the state will compete in a variety of different riding styles including barrel racing, English equitation, gymkhana and more. There will also be unified drill team classes for A, B, and C divisions.
On the evening of the first night, participants, their families and coaches will be treated to a western-themed hoe down with a complimentary BBQ meal plus a dance!
“We are so excited to be hosting this incredible event,” said Terra Schaad, founder of Hunkapi Programs. “Over the course of these two days, we are opening our farm and our hearts to these amazing athletes who share in our love of horses.”
Hunkapi is one of the last horse farms on the Cactus Corridor in Scottsdale and uses equine therapy to help clients with PTSD, developmental disabilities, addiction recovery and more.
WHO: Special Olympics Arizona in partnership with Hunkapi Programs
WHAT: Regional Equestrian Competition
WHEN: Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17
Opening ceremony on Saturday at 8 a.m.
Competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Hunkapi Programs
12051 N. 96th St.,
Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
COST: Free to the public
For more information about Hunkapi Programs, visit Hunkapi.org. For details about Special Olympics Arizona, please visit SpecialOlympicsArizona.org. To keep up to date with farm events, please follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.
About Hunkapi Programs
Hunkapi, based in Scottsdale, brings to the valley a variety of horse powered activities for children and adults including: therapeutic riding lessons, equine assisted psychotherapy and garden therapy. Most of the lessons come from the horses, who gently guide clients toward greater mindfulness of self and others. The name is taken from a Native American word that means “I am related to everyone” and expresses the deep sense of connection between horse and human. For more information on the program, please visit the website at www.hunkapi.org. You can also reach the farm at (480) 393-0870 firstname.lastname@example.org.