2022 SC Equestrian Special Olympics

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On September 25th, Aiken Horse Park (Bruce’s Field) hosted the SC area Special Olympics. Middle Child Photography kindly took all the photos. There are more on their website. You can read more about it here.

GO Spring Horse Show

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It’s spring, which means show time! Saturday, May 28 our students, volunteers, staff, board members, and families came together to showcase the progress of our students. BBQ Lunch was served and new Great Oak merch proved to be very popular! … Read More

Wendy O’Brien – Vice Chair

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Past Chairman Wendy O’Brien is an accomplished equestrian with a lifelong dedication to equestrian disciplines, farm life, business ventures, and community causes. Her equestrian pursuits include Radnor Hunt Pony Club, horse showing, foxhunting, steeplechase racing, three day eventing, breeding and … Read More

Judy McConnell – Secretary

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Judy McConnell joins Great Oak after 18 years of involvement at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, including three years as the President.  She and her husband, Chuck, have three children and six grandchildren.  They retired to Aiken … Read More

Shawna Dietrich – Chair

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Vice ChairpersonShawna Dietrich grew up in Houston, Texas, “on the back of a horse.” When her family moved to Kentucky, she started showing hunters and jumpers in the Midwest, graduating into teaching and training on a professional level. Personal events … Read More

Tony Rickard – Treasurer

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Tony Rickard is a life-long resident of Aiken.  Many of you may recognize Tony from Osbon’s Laundry and Cleaners, which he owns along with his uncle and cousin.  Tony is also the President of the Western Carolina State Fair Foundation.  … Read More

“A Toast to Great Oak” a Great Success

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“A Toast to Great Oak” was held at Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs on Sunday, April 24, 2022.  During a beautiful Spring day on Great Oak’s 40-acre farm, 200 guests enjoyed a Working Equitation exhibition performed by Carlos Carneiro, followed … Read More

Great Oak x Garden Club of Aiken Collab

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Members of The Garden Club of Aiken visited Great Oak Equine Assisted Program on April 14 to enjoy a lesson for the students, a tour of the facility, and see the historic live oak trees on the property that the … Read More

PATH Region 3 Conference

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The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Conference was a hit. Great Oak welcomed attendees from throughout the Southeast and East Coast. Lots of learning and fun was had, with a Saturday night dinner at Great Oak’s facility. Great Oak … Read More

Great Oak Annual Report

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Keep up with all that’s happened in the past year by reading “Oakology”, Great Oak’s version of an annual report.

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