Cliff Partlow/staff photographer
From left, Michelle Penly manages the reins as 6-year-old Noah Valente rides and a Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast board member spots along side the buggy. The Special Equestrians kicked off the 2013 season with an open house for prospective riders, parents and volunteers Saturday at the riding facility in western Indian River County. The SETC offers a therapeutic horsemanship program. Therapeutic riders achieve greater physical strength along with improved balance. The new 2013 session begins Sept. 7. For more information call (772) 562-7603 or go to www.special-equestrians.org.