Independence Open to be held Aug. 5 at Caz College

Returning for the eighth year is the annual Independence Open Horse Show for Riders of All Abilities, hosted by From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc. (FTGU).

The focus for this competition is on sportsmanship, horsemanship and showmanship among riders of all abilities. Returning to Cazenovia College on Aug. 5, this is the only show of its kind to be held in Central New York.

Classes to be held include showmanship, equitation, dressage, pole-bending, timed race, costume and more. Awards for best rider and most improved rider will be given out.

The Independence Open is hosted by FTGU. FTGU is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and riding instruction for persons of all abilities.

An average of 35 riders of all abilities compete each year. Many competitors enter this fun, relaxed show to “get their feet wet” in the show ring.

Typical riders compete shoulder to shoulder with riders who have special needs. Competitors come from all backgrounds and abilities making this truly an “open” show.

Volunteers also come from all backgrounds, abilities and experiences, and their numbers average approximately 80 people each year. The event is staffed completely by volunteers.

FTGU is the only PATH International Premier Accredited Center in CNY, certified by New York State Horse Health Assurance Program, an Approved Veterans Affairs vendor, NY Central Region Special Olympics official Equestrian training site and a member of the Greater Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce and NY Farm Bureau.

FTGU is operated out of New Woodstock at the base of Mystic Mountain. Visit the organization’s website, ftguhorses.org for more information.

To sponsor the event or a class, email ftgu02@gmail.com or call 662-3000.

For registration and class information, email trosborne01@gmail.com or call 506-5220.

For volunteer information, email ftguvol@verizon.net or call 457-6903.

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