Baer Recognized for Extraordinary Work at Therapeutic Riding Center

By: Gracie Stains, Contributing Writer 

In December 2020, Karen Grindler, founder of the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, presented McKenna Baer, CHS senior, the Horse Handler of the Year Award. Baer volunteers at Cedar Creek where she guides riders as they participate in equine therapy.

Baer’s supervisors said that her prior experiences with horses before working at Cedar Creek have made her an exceptional volunteer for their program. 

Grindler said, “McKenna is an amazing example of the perfect volunteer. She is kind, reliable, knowledgeable of horses and has a good sense of humor.  Being a volunteer out here requires all of those traits so she has been a perfect fit. We feel very lucky that she chose our Center when wanting to give back to the community.”

McKenna Baer (left) performing her volunteer duties at Cedar Creek.

At Cedar Creek, Baer is responsible for leading and tacking up horses, grooming the horses, and putting away equipment. She most enjoys bonding with riders, horses and other volunteers. 

Baer has been volunteering for Cedar Creek since September of 2020. The award was announced over Facebook and Instagram due to COVID-19. 

According to the Cedar Creek website, the service provides “comprehensive equine-assisted therapy to more than 150 individuals per year. Each spring, summer and fall, hundreds of community members come to Cedar Creek to volunteer their time to be part of the therapy team. All classes include instructors that are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).

Baer wishes to continue volunteering at Cedar Creek in the future. She also has plans to become a dental assistant. 

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