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Updated: 04/20/2014 09:52:06PM

InStride Equine Therapy co-founder retires

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PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

Ted and Cindy Eaton came to bid Donna Blem farewell, along with InStride business development director Mike Bigner.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

McIntosh Middle School teacher Russ Rhymmer provided musical accompaniment for the going-away party.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

Donna Blem and Mary Naston are the co-founders of InStride Therapy, a hippotherapy treatment facility in Venice.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

Jason Henley has been riding at InStride Therapy since 2001. Donna Blem has been working with him since the beginning.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

Donna Blem and Mary Naston are the co-founders of InStride Therapy, a hippotherapy treatment facility in Venice.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

A large crowd of patients, friends and admirers of Donna Blem came to wish her luck in her new venture.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

A large crowd of patients, friends and admirers of Donna Blem came to wish her luck in her new venture.

PHOTO BY DEBBIE FLESSNER

InStride Therapy uses horses for therapeutic means in their treatment of patients.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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Amid plenty of hugs and tears, InStride Equine Assisted Therapy co-founder and executive director Donna Blem embarked upon her next venture at a retirement party last week.

Twenty years ago, Blem, a recent college graduate, and her partner Mary Naston, a physical therapist, started InStride. Together, they built a loving environment, where individuals with physical and mental disabilities could be treated with hippotherapy to improve their physical and/or mental status.

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