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Cow… abunga!

- June 4th, 2019 - Show & Event News

From Horsetrader staff reports

For a heartfelt cause, cow horse clinicians (from left) Jake Gorrell, Corey Cushing and Russell Dilday bravely mix their sport with surfing each summer. (Courtesy photo)

Now in its 11th year, good vibrations are still going strong for the Surf N Turf Cow Horse clinic—for everyone. The fund-raiser for Surfers Healing, a non-profit foundation for autism, was the brainchild of Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Izzy, a former world champion surfer, and Danielle, a talented non-pro cowhorse competitor, founded Surfers Healing in 1996 after Izzy one day discovered the rejuvenative power surfing had on their autistic son, Isaiah.

Each year, the three-day Surf N Turf blends Danielle’s passions for horses and her life’s work with Surfer’s Healing, raising awareness and having fun along the way.

“This year, we added team roping,” said Danielle. “One day of team-roping competition, one day of cowhorse clinic with three of the world’s best, and one day of surfing with Izzy and the Paskowitz surf camp team. Doesn’t get much better!”

Cow horse legends Russell Dilday, Corey Cushing and Jake Gorrell are the instructors, and the team roping and cowhorse clinic will take place in Rancho Carillo. The surf clinic takes place on the beach in San Diego.

Surfers Healing takes kids and adults on the autism spectrum surfing at no charge, and there are many camps in the U.S. and abroad, reaching about 6,000 kids each year.

Danielle says the ocean and surfing was very therapeutic for Isaiah, now 28, when he was a toddler.

“Izzy and I wanted to share the aloha—and Surfer’s Healing was born,” she said. “It took off!”

Limited spots remain open for the calcutta team roping (July 19), the cowhorse clinic (July 20) and the surf instruction (July 21). A 10 percent discount applies when you enter multiple days. All proceeds benefit the Surfer’s Healing Foundation.

More online: http://bit.ly/906_surfers

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