the man from Ecuador and horse from
Ireland find their own special rhythm
without mishap. As they trot past the
open doors to the arena, wide shafts of
sunlight catch them in beautiful motion.
AFTER HIS LESSON, Godoy sits in
the lounge at Great and Small waiting for
his ride home. He has his evening carefully planned. He will rest, to recover from
the exertion of his riding lesson. He will
help his mother prepare the family dinner.
;en Godoy, who plays the clarinet, flute
and saxophone, will spend the evening at
Montgomery College practicing to perform in a spring band concert. In order
to control the weight of his saxophone, he
plays while sitting in a wheelchair.
Godoy enjoys talking about the many
opportunities in his life for which he is
grateful. He is grateful that he can vol-
unteer at a nursing home where he feels
useful. He is grateful for Great and Small,
where he has come to believe not just in
himself and Del Boy, but in new possi-
bilities. He’s working on a speech he has
agreed to give in June at a Special Olym-
pics event styled after the TED Talks. He
has been asked to speak about a topic on
which he is an expert: transformation.
“In the beginning [of riding], I was
being scared,” he says. “I didn’t know what
to expect. I didn’t know what would hap-
pen to my legs. I didn’t know what would
happen with my arms. But the program
is happening in a positive way in my life
so I can be more independent.”
Godoy lists his new life goals: “So I
am looking forward to getting my own
apartment, being able to buy groceries by
myself, catching the Metro train all com-
pletely by myself, being able to catch the
bus by myself, being able to have a job—a
“;ose goals are going to become a real-
ity,” he says, “because I have learned to have
faith in myself and to know that there are
no real obstacles in life. No matter what
disability you have, you can overcome
obstacles. Everything can be possible.”
Del Boy is in a paddock munching hay
by the time the MetroAccess van turns
into a small parking area next to the arena.
Godoy watches as the driver opens the
side door and lowers the ramp for him.
He starts the motor on his scooter and
rides forward. ■
April Witt ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a
former Washington Post writer.
For everyone at Great and Small—staff, volunteers and clients—
just being around horses can be transformative, Neff says.
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