by MICHELLE TREMBLAY| photo by Alan Smith Photography

Riding for a Cause

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Fifteen-year-old Rosalie Myers’ love for riding horses began at a young age. “I got started with horseback riding because my aunt was a rider,” she recalled. About 10 years ago, Rosalie rode her first horse; today, she makes an effort to get out and ride at least once a week.
But what really feeds her passion for horseback riding is her involvement with the Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Riding Center (RAD), a nonprofit organization that teaches recreational riding to children and adults with special needs.

“It’s so much fun helping with getting tack out for lessons and round penning horses before lessons. The people there are also really nice.”

“I love riding at the ranch and volunteering!” exclaimed Rosalie, who has volunteered for RAD since the organization was founded in Poway several years ago. “It’s so much fun helping with getting tack out for lessons and round-penning horses before lessons. The people there are also really nice.” Rosalie shared about her biggest accomplishment in volunteering for RAD: “I helped to retrain an abused horse so she would trust kids again.”


A-A-Glance

Name: Rosalie Jane Myers (15)
School: Rancho Bernardo High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Mark and Julie Myers
Siblings: Nicky (9) and Nina (8)
Favorite Places in 92064: Ride Above Disability, and Pho Ca Dao

Name of Group: Ride Above Disability
Group’s Mission: To Celebrate Ability
Website: www.radtrc.org


Rosalie has lived in Poway for the majority of her life. “I like living here because it’s a nice location, and my friends are here,” she said. Rosalie is a freshman at Rancho Bernardo High School, where she enjoys studying English. “My favorite subject is English because I enjoy reading,” elaborated Rosalie.

Aside from spending time horseback riding and volunteering for RAD, Rosalie’s hobbies include reading and watching anime. “I’ve always liked reading,” explained Rosalie, “and I got into anime because of YouTube!”

Inspired by the people closest to her, Rosalie aspires to attend college after graduating high school. “My goals for the future are to learn how to train horses or go into filmmaking,” added Rosalie.

For more information about Ride Above Disability, visit www.radtrc.org.