Lake View Terrace, CA — January 4, 2018 In a survey conducted by Common Source Media and reported by CNN, fifty percent of teens feel they're addicted to their mobile devices. The consequences can result in a lack of concentration, disruptive sleep patterns, declining brain development and poor social skills. This can further lead to a breakdown in communication with relationships suffering. Adding to this mix are the day-to-day challenges of trying to navigate the parent child dynamic, and this can present a not so great modern-day problem.
But all is not lost. For a healthy alternative and uniquely special solution, enter Valley View Vaulters, a one-of-a-kind equestrian training instruction whose mission is to encourage and support individuals of all ages and abilities, by helping them exceed their own expectations through the art and sport of gymnastics on horseback.
Virginia and Rick Hawthorne
Training Disabled Vaulter
At the helm are Rick and Virginia Hawthorne who began teaching their equestrian vaulting classes in 1980, and are nationally renowned. In today's high-tech digital society with too many people attached to their devices, this simple idea is making a comeback.
According to Rick Hawthorne, head instructor, "Our teaching results in an improved quality of life for all of our students through our equestrian vaulting lessons that remain with participants forever. Self-confidence, discipline, a sense of accomplishment and new friends are just some of the many benefits that we offer."
The Valley View Vaulters training teaches people of all ages, levels and abilities. They offer Mommy and Me classes, championship instructions, and special needs lessons. Disabled and Non-disabled students work together, in classes of no more than ten, and are kindly supported by each other. Some students have ADHD, spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, deafness, autism, seizures, brain damage, emotional issues, or are missing limbs, but all benefit from this skilled and sensitive instruction.
Rick Hawthorne knows first-hand how they feel as he lost his arm during his youth to cancer, and can better relate to what they are personally going through. The Valley View Vaulters training has also helped lead two autistic students to the Nationals.
Unlike gymnastics, ballet, ice skating, swimming or golf, equestrian vaulting is not the first sport to come to mind or is typical of what most people think of when deciding to participate in an activity. What makes this all the more rare is that horse vaulting had only been introduced into the United States in 1967, marking its 50th Anniversary this year.
Michael Shaw a parent said, "Valley View Vaulters completely changed our lives. One example is that our daughter has a focus and concentration now that has spilled over into her schoolwork and day-to-day life."
Parents can feel reassured about the safety of the activity, as it's a foremost consideration with each lesson. Stretching and pre-warm-up exercises are performed ahead of time. A steadied vaulting barrel is also used in practice along with correct mounting techniques. Proper positions are also taught. Appropriate behavior and attention around the horse is encouraged. Every vaulting horse is aware of the students' individual behavior and needs, and is sensitive to that.
"Valley View Vaulters changed my life completely. It pulled me up when I was down. If I was ever stressed, I would go out onto my vaulting barrel and that would calm me down. Without this, I don't know where I would be now," said a Valley View Vaulters student.
Lessons are given twice weekly for two hours per session. The cost is $240.00 per month. Individual classes are $75.00. For further information contact Valley View Vaulters: