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(From left) NVTRP volunteers Katie Breese, Debbie Heitmann, Patti Towsley and Sarah Maceyak supervise Alyssa Peterson (center) during a therapeutic riding demonstration.

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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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