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(From left) Sarah Maceyak (NVTRP volunteer), Jonathan Alsum (NVTRP rider, Air Force), Patrick Johnson (NVTRP volunteer, Air Force), Wendy Goyette (NVTRP volunteer, Marines), Dylan Arthur (NVTRP rider, Marines) and the St Andrews Society of Washington, D.C. color guard open the Ride to Thrive Polo Classic.

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Riding and Thriving

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program holds annual Polo Classic.

At 3 years old, Blythe Champion was diagnosed with herpes encephalitis, a rare and aggressive central nervous system infection. The infection put her into a coma; when she woke up, she was blind. Eventually Champion regained her central vision, but never peripheral.

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