Chinle, Ariz. – Rydell Todacheene, of Round Rock, has been chosen as the first recipient of a newly instituted scholarship awarded by the Academy of Equine Dentistry of Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho. The Academy is providing this scholarship for Native Americans who wish to enter the field of Equine Dentistry.
Rydell works for the Chinle Unified School District as an instructional assistant. Part of his responsibilities include on site supervision of the Special Education Equine Program. He oversees the students’ riding program and exercises, grooms and helps maintain the horses used in this therapeutic activity.
He also supervises the high school students who assist with saddling and leading horses. Last year he underwent training and is now certified as a Special Olympics Equine Coach for the Chinle District.