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April 3 MTSU CERV Spring Spectacular horse show be...

April 3 MTSU CERV Spring Spectacular horse show benefits veterans

The seventh annual MTSU CERV Spring Spectacular Horse Show will be held starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3, in the main arena of the Tennessee Livestock Center, 1720 Greenland Drive. The event is free to spectators.

The event, which benefits the Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans, or CERV, features open divisions for all ages of riders and different levels of classes from Hunter Seat to Western events, said Andrea Rego, who oversees the CERV program that is a partnership between MTSU horse science and the VA Murfreesboro Veterans Recovery Center.

Led by an MTSU horse science student mentor, a participant the Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans rides a horse named Floyd during a therapy session. The seventh annual MTSU CERV Spring Spectacular Horse Show will be held starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3, in the main arena of the Tennessee Livestock Center, 1720 Greenland Drive, and benefits the veterans therapy program. (MTSU photo by Ashley Gallagher)

Led by an MTSU horse science student mentor, a participant the Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans rides a horse named Floyd during a therapy session. The seventh annual MTSU CERV Spring Spectacular Horse Show will be held starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3, in the main arena of the Tennessee Livestock Center, 1720 Greenland Drive, and benefits the veterans therapy program. (MTSU photo by Ashley Gallagher)

CERV offers veterans from the recovery center an opportunity to ride and benefit from interacting with horses while MTSU students gain valuable experience in helping facilitate the sessions.

Andrea Rego, Instructor, MTSU School of Agriculture

Andrea Rego

Center of Equine Recovery for Veterans logoThe event, which is scheduled to run until 5 p.m. offering a variety of disciplines for exhibitors, will showcase MTSU alumni and current veteran participants at noon, Rego said. To find parking, which is free, go here. For more information, visit  https://cervshow.wixsite.com/cervshow/home.

CERV was established in 2013 has assisted about 100 veterans with this form of therapy.

Horse science is part of the MTSU School of Agriculture in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)


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