Broek, longtime TROT volunteer, wins regional award

Published 3:40 pm Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) has named longtime TROT volunteer Carol Ten Broek of Tryon as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year for Region 3, which encompasses North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Broek is now eligible for NARHAs National Volunteer Of The Year award to be announced at the organizations annual meeting in Denver in November.

Broek serves as TROTs volunteer coordinator, recruiting new volunteers and scheduling volunteer assignments for TROT lessons. Carol was just about the very first person who came forward to volunteer when TROT was first announced seven years ago, said program coordinator Norm Powers. She built a volunteer list virtually from scratch and makes sure there are adequate volunteers for each riders lesson. Shes a great example of how volunteerism can positively affect peoples lives.

Broek will be attending the NARHA annual meeting in November as a guest of honor and will be acknowledged during the meetings annual banquet.

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TROT teaches horseback riding skills to special needs adults and children, and is recognized by NARHA as a Premier Accredited Center. It will be holding its summer volunteer training on Tuesday, August 24, starting at 6 p.m. in FENCEs great room.

Fall classes serving nearly 20 riders from Polk, Rutherford, Hendersonville, Greenville and Spartanburg counties will begin on Saturday, September 11.