Kenbe's Story

This month, our lovely instructor Anne Craig nominated young Kenbe for a PATH award.

Here’s what she said:

This young boy was born in Haiti a month after the horrific earthquake of 2010, and left at an orphanage because his Mother had no way to care for him. Adopted by an American family, he is growing up surrounded by love and opportunity. Some of his growing self-confidence is gained at his Therapeutic Riding Center.

Kenbe photo
Kenbe at SUPER Show
Kenbe with egg and spoon

As his instructor, I have witnessed his perseverance and determination firsthand. With a prosthetic left leg, mounting was a challenge from the beginning. One goal, from the age of four, was to be able to put his left foot in the stirrup “by himself.” The challenge became greater when he graduated from a pony to a horse. Two months ago he succeeded in putting that foot in the stirrup and mounting his horse independently, for the first time. The pride and sense of accomplishment shining in his eyes seemed to say, “If I can do this, I can do anything!”

I knew he was going to be a real horse person during his second lesson. I saw him putting his face into his pony's neck and I asked, "Are you kissing him?"

"No!" he said, "I'm smelling him!"

We’re so happy Kenbe is flourishing in a large part due to his participation at Saddle Up! Please consider helping support Kenbe and other kids meet physical, mental and cognitive needs through equine-assisted riding and development at Saddle Up!


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Saddle Up! is the region’s oldest and largest recreational therapeutic riding program, and it is the only one exclusively serving children and youth with disabilities.

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