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Condolences to the Don Busscher Family

On behalf of the entire R.O.P.E.R. family, our deepest condolences go out to the Busscher family.  It is very difficult to lose such a wonderful father and husband.  Julia used to ride with my group at the Circle T Center when it was open.  She and others were my inspiration to open my own Therapeutic Horseback Riding facility here in South Bexar County.  Don actually rode with the R.O.P.E.R. group during one of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Benefit Trail Rides we coordinated back around 2008.  Since then, we have raised over $22,000 for St. Jude.  We are very honored that the Busscher family has chosen R.O.P.E.R. to send donations to in memory of Don.  I look forward to meeting some of you in Selma in February.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.  I am including my contact information here.  Words cannot explain how our hearts feel.  God Bless the Busscher family and dear friends and thank you very much.

R.O.P.E.R.  c/o Sherri Mell    P.O. Box 201512   San Antonio, TX  78220-8512          (210) 633-2042


R.O.P.E.R. (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders)

R.O.P.E.R. (Riding Opportunities Promoting Exceptional Riders) is a therapeutic riding facility founded in 2002 by Sherri Mell of San Antonio, Texas.  Located in South Bexar County at 4991 Higdon Road, San Antonio, Texas 78223. 

R.O.P.E.R. athletes have several year round opportunities to participate and compete in activities such as but not limited to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Inclusive Riding Event, the Special Olympics, the National Appaloosa Horse Show, the Annual St. Jude Children's Hospital Benefit Trail Ride, year round camps and the Annual Local Post 837 VFW Hall 4th of July Parade.  Disabled riders ride side by side by non-disabled siblings, friends and family members.  We practice every Wednesday evening and have a monthly BBQ/birthday party.  R.O.P.E.R. promotes a family atmosphere with siblings volunteering and riding as peer assistants. 

Coach Sherri Mell is a Certified Adapted Physical Education Teacher teaching PE for over 30 years in the public school system and coaching Special Olympics for over 20 years.  She is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and is certified to coach 16 sports in the Special Olympics.  Coach Mell has been named Tom Landry Coach of the Year as well as Trainer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year for Sports and Competition by the Special Olympics.  Several R.O.P.E.R. athletes have been named Athlete of the Year by Special Olympics.  Coach Mell has been awarded Teacher of the Year by several organizations and was given the "Community Builder Award" by the Masons as well as being nominated for the Hometown Hero Award.  She is a 2X Hall of Fame Cowgirl being inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the National Appaloosa Hall of Fame in 2006.  She is a Lifetime Gold Card Member in both the Appaloosa Horse Club and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association earning the Prestigious Pioneer Woman of the Year in 2005, an award that was only ever given to 10 women by the WPRA.  Coach Mell competes in rodeos and shows her horses, many who double as Special Olympics Equine Athletes.  She has won over 150 World or National Titles or Reserves excelling in roping but earning titles in English as well as Western performance Events. 

The R.O.P.E.R. athletes can participate in either discipline, Western or English.  Several athletes have participated at the National Level in the Appaloosa Horse Club where a Challenged Rider Class is offered.  The ROPER team has traveled to Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Ft. Worth to earn National Championship titles!  Some athletes choose to stay close to home participating weekly in the Therapeutic Riding and practices for Special Olympics, competing at Local and Area levels while others like to venture out of town to competitions and activities.  Many riders find it fun to bring a friend or family member to a day camp or trail ride.  Several of our family members are Certified Special Olympics coaches as well as volunteers and Unified Riders fulfilling a commitment to their disabled family member and being a part of the ROPER Team as well.

If you are a person with disabilities or a friend or family member of someone with disabilities who has always wanted to ride a horse or who wants to ride again, you may have found the opportunity here at CAMP ROPER!  You might want to just come out to participate in a recreational ride or you may be interested in going on a Trail Ride or becoming a member of the ROPER Team and competing in the Special Olympics.  Please look through the website to see the exciting things we do and be sure to look at the photos of the athletes, they are always proud to show off! 



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