Building self-esteem and improving health are just a few of the benefits associated with horseback riding, and Darby Creek Stables Horse Facility, also known as Willow Ridge, feels that youth should enjoy the experience as well. Owner Pam Bosch felt that, in particular, children with ADD, MRDD, and other behavioral disorders can grown and learn from therapeutic riding in a safe and fun environment.
For more than 20 years, Pam has been a mentor and leader to many of the city’s children who were victim to broken homes and low self-confidence. The praise and gratitude shown from those she has guided are astonishing. Pam has a passion for helping children, which she has exercised during her membership in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization for twenty-three years, and wanted to continue to give back to the community by sharing her knowledge of equine safety.
In order to accomplish her goal, she needed her entire property to be “youth friendly,” so the Dublin Foundation and community members stepped up to help support her growth and involvement. With the addition of training seminars, summer day camps and safe riding skills, the facility continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of families throughout Dublin.