Buffalo Chamber Lunch Features CHAPS

Sue Suddith, Executive Director of CHAPS
Sue Suddith, Executive Director of CHAPS

Wednesday's Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Luncheon was held at the Occidental Hotel's Virginian Restaurant and featured Sue Suddith, Executive Director of CHAPS, or Children, Horses and Adults In Partnership, speaking on behalf of their Equine-Assisted Therapy Program.

The program itself uses horses in their therapy programs that benefit those ages 4 and up with intellectual, emotional or physical challenges in both Sheridan and Johnson Counties, through their 800-acre facility in Sheridan County.

The programs include: Therapeutic Riding; Equine Facilitated Learning; Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy; CHAPS VETS (Veterans' Equine Therapy Services); and Vaulting.

Suddith said Chaps is looking to expand services in Johnson County, find new riders in the county and will be looking for board members, client referrals, donors and session volunteers as well as looking for a new facility somewhere near the Sheridan/Johnson County line.

She explains further.

She said they are currently leasing a great facility, but it won't allow growth of their programs and services and therefore a new home is needed.

The cost of the program is $2,100 per person per yer, and Suddith said CHAPS knows most of their clients can't afford to pay for the program themselves, and fundraising and grants are a major contributor to paying for those who can't.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, call
(307) 673-6161 or go online at http://www.chapsequineassistedth...

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