Friday, December 30, 2011

Jessica Lindgren Named Rider of the Year at Carlisle Academy

Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports recently celebrated the end of its 2011 inaugural season with a holiday party for its students, families, apprentices and friends. Year-end awards were celebrated amidst the cheerily decorated riding ring.
Jessica Lindgren, daughter of Leslie and Carl Lindgren of Kennebunk, was named 2011 Rider of the Year. A framed award honored Jessica’s commitment to riding, noting her perseverance, hard work and growth. Jess has been riding in the program since 1998, participating in both hippotherapy and adaptive riding.
“It is so important to acknowledge the incredible gains our students make,” said Sarah Armentrout, co-founder of the riding academy. “Overcoming multiple challenges, Jess arrives at the farm week after week. The moment she begins grooming her horse Onyx, a bright smile spreads across her face and all is right with the world. She has gone from needing the assistance of two sidewalkers in the early years to now working on riding independently.”
Awards were also given to Diane Zaitlin, of Saco, who received the Apprentice of the Year award, and two equine awards: Horse of the Year “Mabel” owned by Jessi Standish of Wells, and Rookie Horse of the Year “Zoe” who was recently donated to the program by Mary Giftos of Cape Elizabeth and Florida.
Carlisle Academy (formerly Equest) is a comprehensive riding school offering hippotherapy and adaptive programs, Para-Equestrian sports, as well as traditional equestrian training opportunities for educators, practitioners and riders alike. Carlisle Academy’s mission is to transform lives through horses through its distinctive services – rehabilitative through recreational – within an inclusive environment that fosters learning, growth and overall well-being. FMI visit
Photo caption: Jessica Lindgren of Kennebunk with her horse, Onyx. (Courtesy photo)