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Out & About: STAT Summerfest highlights healing power of horses

Shirley McMarlin

There’s one kind of horsepower that will make your engine run. There’s another kind that can assist in various kinds of healing, personal empowerment and therapy.

It was that second kind of power highlighted at the fourth annual Summerfest on Aug. 3 at STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township.

The center provides equine therapy for a wide range of clients, including people with special needs and PTSD, at-risk youths, those in addiction recovery and many others.

The theme of the daylong fundraising event was “Healing With Horse Power.” Attendees had the opportunity not only to meet with but also to ride some of the therapy horses.

All-day live music came courtesy of Sweet Judy, Acoustic Bruce, Gary Pratt and The Bricks. For burgers, barbecue and more, there was the Fat Boys food truck.

For the younger set, there was a petting zoo, a balloon artist, kiddie games and prizes. For the older set, there was a climbing wall, $1-a-minute massages and an outdoor bar tended by veteran broadcaster and five-time Sports Emmy-winner Debra Honkus.

Pittsburgh Penguins mascot Iceburgh even stopped by for a photo op session.

As far as event proceeds, center founder Catherine Markosky said, “We’re trying to focus on scholarships right now. There are a lot of people who want to come here, but they can’t afford it.”

Seen: Allison Vasinski, Mike Gofkowski, Victor Gofkowski, Glenda Pochciol, Malaki Craig, Nancy Hoover, Tyler Platt and Valorey Auen-Platt, Mya Auen, Mailynn Platt, Ken Kuo and AnnaMarie Bobnar-Kuo, Jake and Melissa Wolfe with kids Carter and Sophia Wolfe, Laura Chartier with kids Brooks, Sloane and Crosby Chartier and Rob and Nancy Palko.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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Fom left: Bobby Novak, 5, of Hopwood and his twin sister, Savanna Novak, 5, have fun with balloons during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Fom left: Volunteers Ariana Craig, 12, Maggie Markosky, 12, and Anya Gofkowski, 11, pose for a photo with one of the therapy horses, “Rocky”, during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Therapy horse “Navy,” wearing a painted American flag on his hindquarter, interacts with guests attending the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Fom left: Estrella Goodin of Ligonier, and her mother, Lorenza Goodin, pose for a photo with therapy horse, “Navy,” during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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From right: Philecia Bolish, of Dunbar and her seven-month old son, Greyson, visit with a painted therapy horse “Navy” during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Fom left: Volunteers Katie Lawson, 17, of Ligonier and Elena Jerome, 18, of Hopwood, make rock wall climbing a team effort during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Fom left: Volunteers Lynne Stano, Mike and Cat Markosky, founder, and Brenda David, gather for a photo during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Joe Vella, (back), of Ligonier watches as his daughter, Grace Vella, 7, plays the horse pond game with volunteer Arianna Craig during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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Fom left: Abigail Bronson, 2, and her mom, Kerry Stephenson, of New Florence have fun during the annual Summerfest held at the STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center in Cook Township on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019.
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