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The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center held its 38th annual BBQ and Family Faire on Saturday, Sept. 24. The family gathering brought together over 1,500 attendees, including Shea Center riders and their families, donors, sponsors, community and business leaders, volunteers and equestrian professionals.

In addition to the barbecue meal, games, face painting and live and silent auctions, the evening featured rider demonstrations and the “Parade of Stars” of over 60 therapy clients and their families. The evening’s featured rider was Kevin Whitney, 27, who came to The Shea Center through the Long Beach Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury program following a parachuting accident. His experience as a recovering patient, and his time at The Shea Center, have led him to pursue a medical degree at California State.

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