Friday, October 10, 2008

Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach

Did you know The Therapeutic Riding Center was here in HB? The TRC was founded in 1990 by a group of community volunteers to provide services to individuals with disabilities as a form of Therapy on Horseback. We are a 501 C 3 non-profit organization and a Member of NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). We serve individuals of all ages and most disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Meningitis, Down’s Syndrome, vision and hearing impairments, learning disabilities and mild mental retardation. TRC serves students from Huntington Beach, as well as greater Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

The value of a horse as a therapeutic tool has been well documented over the past fifty years. In a world where we are often judged by appearances, where our abilities are over shadowed by our disabilities, the horse does not judge.TRCHB receives no government funding. We rely solely on grants, fund-raising events, individual and corporate donations, and a minimal tuition to meet our operating costs.

VOLUNTEERS are a vital part of their program. Without them, their students do not ride. The volunteers are trained under the direct guidance of a NARHA certified instructor. They are taught to sidewalk, lead, tack and groom our gentle horses. Please contact the TRC (714-848-0966 or if you'd like to be a part of this incredible program.

Therapeutic Riding Center is located at the Equestrian Center: 18381 Goldenwest St. Huntington Beach.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Rubber Ducky Derby & Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce info

A good charity event to keep in mind for this weekend is the Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby on Sunday, October 5 - 11:00 am to 400 pm. This is the 15th Annual Mighty Rubber Ducky Derby & 3rd Annual Just Ducky Car Show. Although this event is being held in Irvine (at Wild Rivers Waterpark, 8770 Irvine Center Dr.), it benefits the Children's Bureau's Child Abuse Prevention programs which includes our very own Oak View Resource Center here in town. For more info and to register online, go to

For you local Chamber of Commerce members, you already know about the Surf City Lunch Bunch networking lunches. For those of you who might like to check out the chamber, feel free to visit us at our next lunch, Tuesday, October 7 - 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Cost $15 members, $20 non members. We switch locations every two months, and this next meeting will be held at Martini Blues , 5874 Edinger Ave, (at Springdale). If you haven’t been to Martini Blues lately, you need to check them out. New ownership, new look - remodeled, great new menu. Come check out the Chamber and meet fellow local businesses. Bring business cards (display area for chamber members), self introductions. For more info, you can call Linda at the HB Chamber (714) 536-8888