They're Driven By Pony Power

September 16, 1990|By Carol Bowers | Carol Bowers,Staff writer

Harford school administrators say they were impressed at Thursday's demonstration of a special program to teach wheelchair-users how to drive two-wheeled, pony-drawn carts.

"They're providing a very good service to the community," said Rod Ewing, principal of The John Archer School for the handicapped.

"Handicapped people need more outlets for recreation. This is outstanding because of all the safety measures that are built in."

The program, called Driving for Disabled Inc., was founded by Jarrettsville resident Sybil Dukehart, 72, who for the past five years has taught the sport, called driving, to 5handicapped adults. She announced in August she was planning to expand her program to include the county's disabled school-age children. The nonprofit organization offers the lessons free.

The program, until now, has been offered only at an indoor arena at the McDonogh School in Baltimore County, because it was the only nearby large indoor arena available to her free of charge.

Dukehart had been looking for a Harford site for some time. The search ended recently when Jo Livesay, a Bel Air resident, passed a copy of a Sept. 24 Harford County Sun article about the program to Marion "Smoke" Klingelhofer, a friend she thought could help.

Klingelhofer immediately offered the use of the indoor arena on his Windy Ridge Farm on Thomas Run Road.

Ewing said he hopes to work out some arrangement with Dukehart that would allow students at his school to be exposed to the program.

"We are going to work out some sort of arrangement," said Ewing. "At this point I don't know what it is, but I have a lot of ideas. We're going to meet with someone from the program and I've invited someone from the county's Parks and Recreation Department, too."

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