Mitchell Ruis is a wonderfully cheerful 19 year old who is filled with much love and affection. He has been challenged with uncontrol- lable seizures that affect him neurologically, causing developmen- tal delays and moderate mental retardation. While Mitchell’s vocab- ulary is limited, he is very resourceful about making his wishes known. Be sure to hide your ink pens, he is very fond of them and yours may just disappear when Mitchell is around!
When Mitchell arrives for his riding lesson, he seems to almost dance into the riding arena with his long legs and arms. He loves horses and when you ask him if he wants to begin his lesson by leading his horse, or by riding, he will quickly make his wishes known – “ride”. Mitchell mounts his horse Wind Dancer and along with his coach they begin the riding lesson. Mitchell is grinning from ear to ear as looks over his shoulder at the family member who brought him. With great excitement he keeps pointing down at his horse. Now it is time to get to get down to business. Mitchell, hold your reins this way and look at me. Turn your horse this way and ride to the big doors. Now steer your horse and weave the cones. Wind Dancer patiently carries his special rider as Mitchell, holding his reins, leans way off to the side in the direction that he wants his horse to turn. First this way and then that way. His big smile lifts you and you can see that he is trying so hard for you. Some les- sons go very smoothly and Mitchell is able to follow every direction. Some lessons are a bit more difficult and it proves hard for Mitchell to complete what is requested of him. But no matter how the les- son is going, he is happy to be on Wind Dancer and they are riding partners for this special time together.
When Mitchell isn’t at the barn, he loves spending time with his close knit family. He especially adores his Grandpa Ruis. Mitchell thinks “Thomas the Train” is the greatest! Mitchell has amazing eyesight and can spot a train track, or a train, even when it is far away from the road. He enjoys every minute of road trips, even the very long ones. Mitchell especially enjoys being outside where he can ride his three-wheeled bike on his family’s trails. At the end of each week you will find him listening to the singing at church and then he is off to greet his special friends during fellowship time.
Thank you Mitchell for being a part of the Mounted Eagles family. Congratulations on receiving Rider of the Third Quarter.