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Paradriving 2021: from Modena to Verona by horse and coach

12 November 2021

The integrated riding project returns for people with disabilities to help them overcome physical and relational barriers

The protagonists of the Modena-Verona Paradriving 2021 journey arrived at Fieracavalli.

Departing on Tuesday 9 from the Ducal Stables c/o the Military Academy of Modena, the journey continued by way of Carpi, Novi di Modena, San Benedetto Po, Casteldario and Sorgà, as far as Isola della Scala where they stayed overnight yesterday, Thursday 11, in order to arrive today at the horse show in Verona.

 

The project focuses on integrated horse riding with the aim of overcoming physical and relational barriers. It involved people with motor and mental disabilities who tackled the 105 km of the Modena-Verona route on board carriages pulled by pairs of Italian horse breeds as a way of strengthening, even in such a particular context, the value of Italian breeding activity.

In order to ensure broad significance for the event even on a local area level, several physically challenged children living in the areas cross along the journey were involved in each stage taking turns to ride in the coaches.

A symbolic journey that was also an opportunity to explore issues associated with tradition, local areas and social inclusion. The world of teams and driving in itself embodies many useful aspects for overcoming physical, relational and at times even cultural limits that obstruct good personal relationships and learning. Such attention to tradition and culture, sharing confined spaces where communication and collaboration are essential, mean that projects to help integrate and encourage personal abilities are particularly effective and have a positive impact on self-esteem and willingness join in team work. Sport and life in a coach come together to create a unique experience.

This project by Asd Equilandia Club and Azienda Agricola Villa Forni was also made possible thanks to synergy with numerous other associations such as ASAM Onlus, the Military Academy of Modena, the Public Administrations of towns crossed along route, FISE, ANAC (National Cavalry Association, Modena section), the Società Cattolica di Assicuratione Foundation and the VIVO Foundation.

 

The arrival of the group of coaches will be accompanied by the students of the MILITARY ACADEMY OF MODENA in the saddle.

 

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