Women's Tennis Lends A Helping Hand at Special Equestrians
Monday, October 19, 2009 | by Michael Pierce

FORT MYERS, Fla. – This past weekend the FGCU women’s tennis team took advantage of a weekend without any competition on the tennis courts and spent a few hours on Saturday helping out at Special Equestrians in Fort Myers. Special Equestrians, Inc. is a horseback riding program which provides therapeutic riding to mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

Despite the cold and rainy weather, the girls spent four hours working in a variety of capacities to help out. Some of those included trimming branches along an electric fence, pressure washing horse blankets, and even shoveling over 300 lbs of horse manure. Head coach Jennifer Gabou, who organized the service project, talked about what the day meant to her, saying, "I am so proud of our team, they truly worked hard at Special Equestrians. This organization does an amazing service for these children and we were honored to help out where they needed us."

Special Equestrians is an all volunteer self-administrative organization. Established in 1987 with borrowed horses, the program provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with physical and mental challenges from Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties. Special Equestrians’ facility, purchased in 2007, is located at 5121 Staley Road, Fort Myers, Florida. The ten acre farm is a welcoming and versatile home for Special Equestrians with a twelve stall barn for our horses, a hay and equipment barn, a riding arena, caretaker quarters and office space. For more information on Special Equestrians, please visit their website at www.specialequestrians.net.

The Eagle tennis teams will be heading up to Atlanta this week for the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 22.