When it comes to horseback riding, Muscatine resident Emily Bunn stands out as one of the best. A competitive rider, she entered and placed highly in the Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show. More than a strong competitor, Bunn also loves sharing her passion for riding with others through Riding for Success (RS) and helping this program touch the lives of those with disabilities.
Recently, Bunn and her horse MJ competed in two separate events at the Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show, hunt seat and western. In both events, Bunn excelled, earning a national championship title in hunt seat and second place in western. After the show, Bunn felt very pleased with the skills and versatility she and MJ demonstrated. She stated, “It was very exciting! MJ is still a young horse and has come a long way in the show ring this past year, which is a very rewarding feeling to know your practice and riding everyday was worth it.”
The same skills and versatility that Bunn demonstrates in the ring help her make an enormous difference with RS. According to Bunn, RS provides a, “therapeutic horseback riding program here in Muscatine. It provides therapeutic riding to improve the lives of children and adults with physical and cognitive needs.”
Bunn deeply enjoys helping others overcome life’s challenges using equine therapy. In fact, she enjoyed assisting with lessons so much that she became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) certified instructor and now leads some of RS’s lessons herself.
A growing program, Bunn shared that RS could always use more volunteers. She elaborated, “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do for our clients if it wasn’t for our volunteers. We have volunteers that lead the horses, side walkers (walk alongside the horse with the client), get helmets and belts on, help with chores, or just hangout to help with the clients waiting to ride. . .. We really do have options available for anyone that wants to help!” If you would like to get involved with RS, Bunn encourages you to contact the program by emailing [email protected]