Little Britches to hold annual run/walk

The fourth annual Little Britches 5K run/walk will be held June 5 in Bridgewater.

The event will begin at the Bridgewater Pavilion, 100 Main St. South, and wind through the picturesque back roads of Bridgewater.

Registration will open at 8 a.m., with the race to follow at 9:30.

Little Britches is a local nonprofit that has provided equine assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities for more than 35 years.

“Little Britches depends on the support of the communities where our students live,” said Stuart Daly, vice president.

“We require over 70 volunteers per week to operate the program.”

In addition, “as an organization, we try very hard to keep the rider fees affordable, and in order to do this, we rely on the success of this race,” Daly continued.

There are numerous benefits from this unique therapy: the horse’s movement challenges the rider’s core muscles and improves posture, sensory integration, motor planning, sequencing and spatial awareness.

“Little Britches gives Alex a wonderful combination of relaxation with the rhythm of the horse, a sense of independence and the physical challenge to build strength and coordination,” said Tina Babarovic of Washington. “The program is invaluable to her development and self-esteem.”

Registration is $25 in advance at and $30 the day of the race.

Proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit Little Britches Therapeutic Riding program with sites in Roxbury and Woodbury.

The race honors the memory of Little Britches co-founder and former Bridgewater resident Betty Lou McColgin.

The first 200 registrants will receive T-shirts and race bags, and awards will be given for first overall male, the first overall female, and six age divisions.

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