September 14, 2016
NVTRP executive director Kelsey Gallagher (right) of Warrenton poses with therapeutic riding pony “Teddy” at the nonprofit’s farm in Clifton. Teddy will deliver champagne to VIPs at Saturday’s “Ride to Thrive” event, and has a signature cocktail “The Theodore” named in his honor.
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Once a week for the last seven years, César Dulanto of Lake Ridge, Va. has come to Clifton to trade his wheelchair for a saddle. Dulanto, 13, has been been wheelchair-bound since the age of two with cerebral palsy. He used to have difficulty just sitting up in a chair. And, he said, “I used to be so shy.”