News Release

April 28, 2004

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

UConn Health Center and Equistrides Sign Agreement

FARMINGTON, CONN. – An affiliation agreement was signed last week by the UConn Health Center and Equistrides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. in North Granby. Under the agreement, interested medical students from the UConn School of Medicine may work and study with Equistrides’ staff for the benefit of youngsters with disabilities.

“The Health Center needs to look outside itself and work with organizations that are providing care and support for others. Equistrides is enormously special.” said Peter Deckers, M.D., executive director for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “Our curriculum requires community-based education for our medical and dental schools. This will give our students the opportunity to see the wonderful work Equistrides does with people with disabilities of all kinds.”

Equistrides is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding and related equine activities to those with special physical, emotional and cognitive disorders. Certified therapeutic riding instructors work with each rider to develop a riding plan which may include learning riding skills, exercises, games, and riding obstacle courses and trails. Equistrides was founded in 2000 by Janice B. and Rodney R. Reynolds, and currently has more than 400 volunteers.

“Rod and I have been involved with the UConn Health Center for more than 25 years – as patients, friends and supporters,” said Mrs. Reynolds, president of Equistrides Board of Trustees and co-signer of the agreement. “Equistrides is four years old and we are growing. But our missions are very similar: We are dedicated to improving people’s lives.”

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Photo caption: Janice Reynolds, president of the board of Equistrides, signs an affiliation agreement between the UConn Health Center and Equistrides, a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding to people with special physical, emotional, and cognitive needs. Looking on are Rodney Reynolds, left, founder and member of the Equistrides board, and Peter Deckers, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs at UConn Health Center, who cosigned the agreement.

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