Man Who Specializes in Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Veterans Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at Richmond International Raceway STATESVILLE, NC (April 27, 2010) - The driving force behind Lonesome...
Man Who Specializes in Therapeutic Horseback Riding for Veterans Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at Richmond International Raceway
STATESVILLE, NC (April 27, 2010) - The driving force behind Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center (LDEC) is Clinton Arrington, a stonemason who is constantly in motion. His equestrian center, located in Powhatan County, opened in 2008 to serve the special needs of veterans through therapeutic riding and equine-related activities. For his selfless acts and giving back to his community, Arrington has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will serve as Honorary Crew Chief for the leading NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe Racing team at the upcoming Richmond International Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.
LDEC provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding exclusively for veterans with special needs and disabilities. Primarily focused on veterans in the Richmond, Va., and surrounding area, the goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for the participants through activities that are positive to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being. Arrington's program is unique in that it is provided to the veterans at absolutelyno cost to them or their families. It receives no public funds and depends entirely on private donations and fundraising efforts.
Founded in January 2008, the program started with just 2 riders. To date, LEDC has given rides to over 200 veterans who range in age from the mid-twenties to their oldest current rider who will celebrate his 90th birthday this year. These veterans have served our country in every conflict from WW II to the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan and have a variety of disabilities such as amputations, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and traumatic brain injury.
The message Arrington hopes to impart on the veterans is simple -- courage, confidence and hope.
For the veterans, it's a few moments of escape from their problems. As they sit astride the horses, the veterans no longer need the wheelchair or cane that accompanies them in everyday life. Even problems with eyesight don't hold them back.
"Therapeutic horseback riding brings the veterans back giving them a sense of life again and let's them know they can still do things despite the injuries they have suffered ," said Kevin Conway, driver of the ExtenZe Racing No. 38 Ford Fusion and leading Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate. "Clinton was chosen as our Local Hero because of his tireless dedication to the veterans in the Richmond area. It is people and organizations like Clinton's that we need to help keep our veterans spirits high. We're honored to be giving Clinton a behind-the-scenes look at a NASCAR Sprint Cup team in action and appreciate his support at Richmond International Raceway."
The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 38 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness.
Fans can visit www.ExtenZeRacing.com to nominate their own local heroes or review who has been previously chosen. Also check in on blog/twitter feeds for the latest information on ExtenZe Racing and Kevin Conway.