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non-profit of the year MORGAN HILL celebrate awards One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding offers adaptive horseback riding and equine-assisted-therapy to individu- als with disabilities and to U.S. Military Veterans. Their award winning, Premier Accredited adaptive horseback rid- ing program aims to help participants achieve their full potential—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Adaptive Riding Program serves children and adults with special needs helping them build independence in their daily lives outside the arena, by using safe, excit- ing, and motivating equine-assisted- One Step Closer THERAPEUTIC RIDING therapy. Participants in this program have challenges that include autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and more. “We do not forget the great sacrifice that their loved ones made for our nation”, says OSC founder Landa Keirstead. “And we do not forget the family members that continue to grieve their loss. It is our privilege to host special events exclu- sively for Gold Star families – spouses, parents, children, siblings – and let them know they are not forgotten”. Learn more at: Written By Robin Shepherd 48