Special Olympics Iowa is holding its annual State Equestrian Competition at the Jester Park Equestrian Center in Granger on Saturday, September 7. "We are expecting 66 athletes from across Iowa to participate in this event," said Special Olympics Iowa Vice President of Program, Pam Wagner. "It is an exciting day for the athletes and gives them the chance to display their skills and showmanship in various activities throughout the day."

Wagner noted she is especially pleased to have student volunteers from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls returning again this year to help make the event a success. "Many of the student volunteers have grown up with horses and have the expertise to help with the event," she said. "We also encourage the public to attend and cheer for the athletes."

Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement.