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Equine therapy program holds benefit dinner

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CREEDMOOR — Shepherd Youth Ranch, a therapeutic riding program in Creedmoor which serves youth in Granville, Franklin and Wake counties, held its 15-year anniversary dinner Aug. 6.

Ashley Boswell, founder program and trained therapist and horse trainer, has paired formerly abused, neglected, or discarded horses with children who have special needs, such as autism, developmental or sensory processing disorders, anxiety and/or anger management issues. Court-referred youth have also participated in the program, which teaches and nurtures trust, empowerment, patience, discipline as well as incorporating scripture into the hands-on lessons between rider, horse and volunteer spotters.

An open house will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the ranch on Brassfield Road in Creedmoor. Parents and children are invited to visit the program’s Facebook page and visit the ranch to tour, see demonstrations and meet the volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer, email community outreach coordinator Geri Bickers at