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VAN WERT - The youth at The Marsh Foundation recently concluded their summer equestrian program with a show for staff, trustees, families and guests. The program, which began in May, gave the youth opportunities to ride at least four times per week.

For the program, The Marsh leases horses from The University of Findlay and hires on-campus riding instructors, Stephanie Hall, Katie Singer and Erin Calvelage. In addition to riding instruction, the youth also learn how to care for and demonstrate respect for the horses.

The program culminated with a horse show. Each youth had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills for the audience. Fun contests were also held such as seeing if they could trot while holding an egg on a spoon in one hand. Medals were given to the top placers in the various categories. All youth also received a participation gift from the instructors.

Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children's services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living.

Located in Van Wert, the organization's group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 - 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 - 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.

The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh,