My name is...Judi Drieling

Animal lover who rode horses to recovery

Posted 8/22/17

Decades deep

I’ve lived in Centennial for 20 years. My two children grew up here. I enjoy the location convenient to everything from events, entertainment, schools, shopping, parks and the High Line Canal. 

Animal lover

I’ve always …

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My name is...Judi Drieling

Animal lover who rode horses to recovery

Posted

Decades deep

I’ve lived in Centennial for 20 years. My two children grew up here. I enjoy the location convenient to everything from events, entertainment, schools, shopping, parks and the High Line Canal. 

Animal lover

I’ve always enjoyed horses and riding. I started riding in the northern woods of Wisconsin as a teenager with my sister. In my adult life, I learned the spiritual calmness and healing properties they can bring to humans.

I first volunteered at another therapeutic ranch (that) focused on programs for children with autism and disabled (veterans).  To see the calmness and connection a horse brought to those children, and the smile to a young vet who lost use of his legs and told me how good it felt to be moving around riding a horse versus in a wheelchair was a very rewarding experience for me. 

Overcoming — with help from horses

In 2014, I went through surgery and treatments for thyroid and lymph node cancer. A little over a year later, I had major back surgery. I thought I’d never be able to ride a horse again. It was at my physical therapist’s office that I found a flier for Happy Dog Ranch Rescue and Sanctuary. The flier was for a program sponsored by a licensed cancer therapy group.

HDR became my therapy venue working with the horses to help me with the emotional roller coaster of healing from treatments and living as a cancer patient. Then they introduced me to a riding instructor, and, using one of their rescue horses, they got me back in the saddle riding again!  

HDR partners with numerous licensed therapy groups and therapists (to help) children with autism, teens at risk, (people with an) early onset of Alzheimer’s, (people with) other special needs, cancer and trauma victims ... I love being involved with HDR and helping those in need, giving back to the ranch that helped me so much and our community.

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