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Review for Equestrian Connection NFP, Lake Forest, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a Lake Forest College student majoring in Psychology, I was fortunate enough to do an internship at Equestrian Connection in the spring of 2011. My internship lasted the entire spring semester which was about five months. Throughout my internship I was at the barn about three days each week. Having prior experience with horses made it so after some training I was able to jump right into helping. From day one when I first walked into the barn at Equestrian Connection, I could tell that this wasn't your typical barn. I really cannot even put into words the feeling I got. One thing I noticed right away was that there wasn't a single person there helping who didn't want to be there, this was given away by the "Hello's" you'd receive from everyone and the constant smiles. With more time spent at the barn, I also learned that it is a place that is constantly growing. Someone is always asking "What other programs can we offer?, What else can we do to help our riders?"
I didn't realize just how many people are needed to make a non-for profit organization run. While the amount of work required is pretty unbelievable, what makes EC more special are the people behind the scenes. Diana, who cofounded EC back in 2001, goes above and beyond in all that she does with EC it's incredible, in my eyes shes a hero. Everyone involved at EC gives it their best, and I believe it's because of this that EC is the special place that it is. I have nothing negative to report about EC. The horses at EC are also extremely well taken care of and loved by all for the work they do.

I'm very thankful for all the time I was able to spend at EC. While my internship has ended, I try to make it back to the barn any chance I get.

Brittany L.
Lake Forest College '12

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Role:  Volunteer