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Community Focus - National Ag Safety Week


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  • October 22, 2012

Allen County Farm Bureau Federation celebrated National Ag Safety Week with a visit and a gift to the coral at our local school system set up and operated by Allen County Special Riders!

Local farm bureau member Gordan Branham organized the group which started many years ago when he and his son Adam saw and need and responded.

Gordan was familar with research that horse-riding has many benefits for folks with physical and emotional disabilities, so he began loading up some gentle horses and a few coral panels and taking them to school once a month to offer rides to the children at no cost to anyone other than himself.

The program has really grown and with the school's permission, Gordan and the special riders organization built a permanent, covered riding arena on school property.

Sarah Jones, women's committe chair for allen county farm bureau was impressed with the program and chose to celebrate national Ag Safety Week with a gift from her committee's budget, when she asked Gordan if there were some smal way her committee could help he said "helmets, we always need to update our helmet inventory with any size safe helmet." Sarah's committee delivered two.

She is shown on the left in the group shot with county president Dennis Arterburn and Gordan Branham on the right.

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