Corral Riding Academy

Camille Brown, left, hands a diploma to graduate Ochlie Nouanounou during a graduation rehearsal at the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. Like the graduates of their program, the horses at Corral have also experienced trauma, neglect or abuse. “It’s a heartfelt thing,” says Jennifer Brown, Community Relations Manager, as she describes the program.
Zoe Faircloth helps prepare for a graduation ceremony at the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. More than 15 volunteers and staff members participated in organizing the ceremony for a single graduate, but as one volunteer said, “She’s an exceptional graduate.”
Founder Joy Currey practices her introduction to the graduation ceremony at the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. Currey founded the Academy in 2008 to provide a safe place where girls faced with extreme adversity could overcome their trauma with the help of equine therapy.

 

Tia Calvin looks for elements of graduation decor to save from the rain that interrupted the ceremony at the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. Corral provides equine therapy to at-risk kids starting as early as 11 and culminating in conjunction with their high school graduation.
Camille Brown practices her congratulatory speech at the Corral Riding Academy as a storm threatens in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. Having mentored her through the program, Brown will present the diploma to Corral’s only 2020 graduate.

 

Ochlie Nouanounou prepares to graduate from the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, NC on June 30, 2020. After overcoming incredible obstacles with the help of equine therapy, Nouanounou completed high school with a 3.57 GPA and was accepted at five colleges.

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