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Therapy in the Ozarks - Connecting People with Equines

Think about all of the different things you take for granted every day. There are probably lots of them – things like driving a car, speaking aloud to a loved one, or even sitting up at the dinner table. There are many adults and children living with disabilities who do not always have these privileges. However, thanks to organizations like Equi-Librium Therapy Center in Rogersville, Missouri, about an hour north of Branson, there is something that those with disabilities can have – horseback riding.

Eequitherapyqui-Librium Therapy Center (ETC) was originally a therapeutic riding program that was operated out of the MSU Darr Agricultural Center located in Springfield, MO. After the program was released by the agency it operated under, Kent Crumpley, the current program director of ETC, found that many of the parents whose children participated in the therapeutic riding sessions wanted the program to continue. “I decided to carry it on,” said Kent. So four years ago, he rebranded the program, founded the not-for-profit organization, started from scratch with new therapeutic riding horses, and ETC was born.

ETC is located on thirty-seven acres, and is complete with a 220x100 square foot indoor riding arena with a spacious viewing room for parents and guests. The facilities were donated to the program by John and Carol Courtney. The mission statement of ETC is ‘to provide exceptional, accredited, equine therapy services, improving the quality of life for those in the Ozarks.’ ETC is not just a riding stables – it is the home of a true medical profession. They are the only PATH Intl’ (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center in the Southwest Missouri area, and they are also a member of the American Hippotherapy Association. Kent employs twelve full time staff members at ETC, including speech, occupational and physical therapists, and over two hundred volunteers. The center offers therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, and multiple programs that introduce troubled teens to horses. Hippotherapy is often used with patients that have cerebral palsy or other severe disabilities – a physical therapist will do an evaluation on the individual, and will then implement a program with them to work on improving balance and muscle strength while using a horse as a therapy tool. Another unique program at ETC is the Warriors Walk On program. ETC partners with the Wounded Warrior Project so that returning servicemen and women can benefit from mental and physical therapy with horses. The program is free – “It gives you a sense of giving back,” Kent said.

The horses at ETC undergo a fairly intense training process – Kent introduces them to various props and evaluates their behavior, gait, and health at this time. Not all horses make the cut – those who aren’t quite cut out to be in the ETC program are sold or adopted, and the proceeds benefit the program. ETC currently has fourteen therapy horses, including Quarter Horses, a Halflinger, and ponies for smaller children.

ETC serves 600 individuals living with disabilities annually. No one is turned away if they cannot afford to pay for the program. Through grants and donations, everyone is given a chance to ride. “It’s their sport,” said Kent. He went on to say that for children who are not physically able to play sports like basketball or soccer, therapeutic riding gives them an outlet to be active and involved – it’s not therapy to them. The positive impact of ETC on its riders and program participants is huge – for example, one child who had never spoken a day in his life spoke his first words to encourage his horse to trot. Another child was able to join her family for Thanksgiving dinner at the table sitting by herself for the first time because of the balance and muscle strength she gained from her riding therapy.

In the future, ETC plans to expand by adding therapy rooms, indoor classrooms, and a Century Trail, the latter with the help of the Wounded Warrior Project. ETC will also be providing the volunteers for the 5K Color Run in Springfield – they are the only charity to benefit from the run. Kent encourages the public to get involved with ETC by volunteering at the center, adopting a horse, donating funds, or sponsoring a rider. He says there is nothing more gratifying than helping people heal with horses. “It’s my time to give back,” he said. “It’s therapy for everyone.”

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See The Stars in Branson – Legends in Concert

Have you ever wished you could shake Elvis Presley’s hand or sing along with Johnny Cash? You might not get to with the real men, but Legends in Concert brings you up close and personal with some of the biggest stars in entertainment.

Legends in Concert began in 1983 as a limited six week engagement in Las Vegas. Since then, the show has expanded into more theatres and done tours around the world. Legends has performed in fifteen countries and five continents, and is still going strong. The year 2013 marked the 30th year for the show, and there’s no end in sight.

Legends in Concert in Branson has a variety of rotating performers each year. As the original and best live tribute show in Branson, you’ll get to see some of the best performers on-stage looking almost exactly like the real deal! Care is taken to perfect the mannerisms, hair and make-up of each performer so you get the most realistic experience.

Some of the stars you might see on stage are Alan Jackson, Aretha Franklin, the Blues Brothers, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Tim McGraw and more. Shows are Thursday – Tuesday, with show times varying.

Don’t wait! Get your tickets for the fantastic Legends in Concert show! Meet the stars and get up close without going too far from home.

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Have a Star-Spangled Summer at Silver Dollar City

Have the best summer ever with your family at Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer! Filled with stuntmen, magicians and adventure around every turn, Star-Spangled Summer is the newest festival in Silver Dollar City’s lineup.

Star-Spangled Summer begins on June 6, and Silver Dollar City has invited a number of performers to the park for this festival. One of those performers is Brad Ross, winner of the Merlin Award. Ross will astound audiences with his illusions in the Opera House Theatre. Championship Cloggers will also be on the Gazebo Stage at Star-Spangled Summer! Groups of the nation’s best and most talented cloggers will be on-stage showing off their toe-tapping dance moves.

The Flying Ace All-Stars are also scheduled for Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer. These Olympic athletes and hopefuls will be at the Red Gold Heritage Hall performing in a high-energy show with impressive ski and snowboard routines. You’re probably wondering how – there’s no snow in Missouri in June! They’re able to defy the climate and gravity by using trampolines to perform their stunts.

In addition to magic, high-flying stunts and dance, some of your favorite cartoon characters will be making appearances throughout the festival. Dora and Diego, George Jetson and Astro, along with Spongebob and Patrick, will visit Silver Dollar City.

So grab your family and head out to Star-Spangled Summer! You don’t want to miss it!

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Two Bedroom Branson Lake Condo For A Luxury Vacation

 

Everyone wants to have a good time during their vacation. Everyone deserves a lot of fun, and a nice, long rest after a whole day full of adventures. Because you deserve only the best, have your dream vacation in Branson Missouri – the Live Entertainment Capital of the World.

Branson is truly a haven for the sports lovers because of its beautiful golf courses. During the winter season, basketball fans can also catch the NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Since it is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, you can always delight yourselves in a wide variety of live music shows, theater plays, and so much more. These shows feature not only good music; it also gives you total showmanship by giving you comedy, magic, and a lot more. Shoppers will also enjoy the great deals and fashion finds in Branson outlet malls. There are also novelty shops in Branson where you can find unique gift ideas for your loved ones back home. Branson has all the fun you need. What would make it a perfect vacation spot for you?

Choosing the right lodging place in Branson is very crucial in planning your vacation. Branson guests always prefer staying in Thousand Hills Golf Resort because of a variety of lodging options to choose from, and a very strategic location, too. One of Thousand Hills’ most famous and most luxurious lodging is the Branson lake condo. The Branson lake condo in Thousand Hills is located lakeside and just north of Table Rock Dam and Moonshine Beach. Even if they are situated close to the best lake and beach in Branson, staying in a Branson lake condo means being just minutes away from the famous 76 Music Boulevard, Branson’s entertainment district.

Aside from giving you convenience in its location, the Branson lake condos also gives medium-sized families and small to medium groups the perfect choice for a luxury vacation home in Branson. The two bedroom Branson lake condo has the perfect size, plus the best amenities for you to enjoy your stay in Branson. The bedrooms in a two bedroom Branson lake condo have pillow top beds with luxury bedding and pillows. Each bedroom in the condo unit also has its own cable TV equipped with premium cable channels like ESPN and HBO. In case you have an extra person in the room, you can also find a queen size sofa sleeper in the condo’s living area. The living room of the lake condo also has a cable TV and a DVD player. It is spacious enough for you to have your family movie nights and other bonding activities. For those who want to do some home cooking for the family, there is also a fully equipped kitchen in the condo. The kitchen has exquisite granite countertops, full size appliances, washers and dryers, dishes, pots, and pans. The two bedroom lake condo also has open decks so you can see the breathtaking Ozark scenery. You can also swim from the platform of the 20 stall private boat dock or you can just have your time lounging around the adjacent pool with a gazebo and a covered picnic area. For some outdoor fun, there are also charcoal grill available for you to use.

Book your stay in a two bedroom Branson lake condo now by calling 1-877-262-0430. Thousand Hills would be glad to make your Branson experience a truly memorable one.

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Treat Yourself To A Weekend in Branson TriLakes Area

 

Branson is known for a lot of attractions that are a lot of fun. It attracts people from all age ranges to come and have fun in the countless activities and attractions in the area. Branson’s specialty are its live music shows and its thrilling theme parks. While these have become one of the main reasons why Branson is now known as the leading driving vacation destination, Branson gives you more to enjoy with gifts of nature.

Branson is also home to many perfect lakes that can give you lots of water activities to do, too. The Branson TriLakes Area is where you can see three scenic and unspoiled lakes – Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. The lakes area in Branson offers you a wide variety of water activities that families, friends, and lovers will really enjoy. Some of the water activities in the lakes are boating, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, swimming, fishing, and a lot more. Sports enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, and adventure seekers, the Branson TriLakes Area is the perfect spot for you!

Table Rock Lake is just 10 miles off Branson’s entertainment district, Highway 76. This lake is one of the top spots in the country for bass fishing, since you can find largemouth, smallmouth, a Kentucky spotted bass, white bass, and rock bass in Table Rock Lake. Fishes in this area also hold records. Some state record holders pulled out of this lake are the 5 pound, 6 ounce white bass and the 7 pound, 8 ounce spotted bass.

Lake Taneycomo is also a prime spot for trout fishing, and it is also the wonderful backdrop for the shoppers of Downtown Branson. This lake will soon provide the guests and locals of Branson a very exciting shopping, sightseeing, and dining experience as major improvements are being made in the lakefront.

Last but not the least is Branson’s mighty Bull Shoals Lake. This is the home of tranquil houseboat rentals, recreation, and world-class fishing. It is a normal day for Bull Shoals Lake when there are hundreds of watercrafts cruising the lake waters for boating, jet skiing, water sports, and other water activities. Fishing is the most popular activity in Bull Shoals Lake. In fact, Bull Shoals Lake also hosts top regional and national tournaments. Record holders have also been caught in the waters of Bull Shoals Lake, like the 13 pound, 14 ounce largemouth, 51 pound striped bass, and a 21 pound, 1 ounce walleye.

Enjoy your time at the Branson TriLakes Area more by staying close to the lakes. Book your stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort so you can be close to the lakes area and to Branson’s entertainment district. Choose from a variety of lodging options that will be the perfect fit for your family’s vacation needs. For reservations and inquiries, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Hot Winter Fun Comes to Branson

 

Branson has gained much popularity by being the best vacation destination in the Midwest. It has been a top tourist spot in Missouri because of the magnificent live music shows, theater plays, and the thrilling theme parks, nature parks, and museums in the area. In fact, Branson is also tagged as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. For people who are looking for some hip, family-friendly fun, Branson Missouri is the place to be.

The winter season is a truly festive season in Branson. It gives the guests and locals a lot of new activities and attractions to rave about. After the Christmas days have gone by, the atmosphere in Branson becomes more laid-back, without the winter crowd. But laid-back does not mean boring as Branson gives you something to enjoy for the rest of the winter season. The Hot Winter Fun in Branson is the cure to your winter blues. Say goodbye to the cold, lonely nights because Branson is set to make your winter sizzle.

Branson Hot Winter Fun brings in new performances and shows to the people. Since it is the post-holiday season, you can expect shorter lines when you line up for show tickets. The crowds in the malls, restaurants, theme parks, and museums are also relatively smaller as compared to the holiday rush of people. The Branson Hot Winter Fun on 2015 gives you fun attractions.

You can take the daily tours to the Stone Hill Winery, or visit the wine shop, art gallery and have a hands-on bottling experience at the Mount Pleasant Winery. For those who are big fans of Hollywood Stars, you can visit the Hollywood Wax Museum where you can see wax replicas of your favorite stars. There are also added attractions in the Hollywood Wax Museum with the Castle of Chaos, Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf, and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. You can also visit the Titanic Museum in Branson, which is also considered to be the largest Titanic museum in the world. Another museum that is interesting to visit is the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, where all those who have served the country are greatly honored. Let nature be a part of your Branson vacation, too, as you visit the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure. You can also take part in Branson Landing cruises so you can have a breathtaking sightseeing tour, plus a lunch or dinner cruise on the Lake Queen or Landing Princess.

Shopping in Branson is also a day’s activity in itself. During the months of January to February, the specialty stores in Branson still gives you great deals, but now you get to enjoy a hassle-free shopping without the holiday crowd. You can find amazing prices in stores such as the factory Shoppes at Branson Meadows, Tanger Outlet Center, The Factory Merchant’s Mall, The Branson Mall, Branson Mill Craft Village, Historic Downtown Branson, Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10, and a lot more.

Visit Branson for the Hot Winter Fun and enjoy a lot of perks for the rest of the winter season. For your lodging place, always choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can have both comfort and convenience. Located very near Highway 76, the lodging places at Thousand Hills lets you stay close to the entertainment district and at the same time, to the warmth of nature. For reservations at Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Experience Superstar Speed at Branson Celebrity Car Museum

 

Branson Missouri is a popular tourist destination because all, if not most, of its attractions can be enjoyed by people of different ages. Whatever season you may visit Branson, you are sure to find a lot of interesting stuff to do and see. Branson is not just about the live music shows and theme parks. It has been one of the most visited tourist destinations in Missouri also because of its unique collection of museums. From the bizarre to the mind-boggling, the Branson museums will definitely pique everyone’s interest.

One of the unique museums in the area is the Branson Celebrity Car Museum. If you are going to Branson with the whole family, a stop at the Branson celebrity Car Museum is absolutely a fun experience for everyone as they can see the different car models used in Hollywood hits. The Branson Celebrity Car Museum is showcasing their Velvet Collection this year, so if you happen to drop by the museum, you get to see an awesome display of celebrity owned cars, cars featured in movies, exotic cars and many more. As you go around the museum, you will also see some vehicles that were once owned by famous movie stars and Hollywood hall of famers. One vehicle that you can find here in the Branson Celebrity Car Museum is the 1982 Trans Am, K.I.T.T, who once appeared with David Hasselhoff in the hit TV show Knight Rider.

The museum has a total of 100 cars in its inventory and most of these are for sale. Your visits to the Branson Celebrity Car Museum will guarantee you a fresh variety of muscle cars, classic cars and many more. You can see a General Lee with John Schneider’s signature. Steve McQueen’s motorcycle is also up for grabs, along with a 2006 Mustang “picture car” from the movie Death Race. There are also nine 1950 Lincoln limousines, all custom built for President Truman and had been in presidential service during the administrations of Eisenhower and Kennedy.

A day spent at the Branson Celebrity Car Museum is definitely a great one. You might even find your next ride in this museum! As you make your plans for a Branson vacation, do include Branson Celebrity Car Museum on your list.

For the most convenient and comfortable stay in Branson, book your lodging place at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, which is located close to Branson’s entertainment centers. Thousand Hills has a variety of options for your lodging places so whether you are going solo, with a special someone, or with the whole family, you are sure to find the right vacation home for you. Book you stay at Thousand Hills now for your vacation. Just call 1-877-262-0430 for inquiries and reservations. 

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Branson Log Cabin For The Perfect Winter Vacation

 

A vacation in Branson Missouri would be the best reward you can give to yourself and to the whole family for months and months of hardwork. It is the perfect treat for everyone since the place is very well known for its live music shows, exciting theme parks, and unique museums. If you are going for all out entertainment, Branson is your first choice.

This winter season, there are a lot of new activities and attractions in Branson guaranteed to make your vacation fun and memorable. You can be the first ones to see the new shows for the year 2015, and you can also witness several sporting events in the area. The theme parks in Branson also offers added thrills to the people by offering new rides and attractions. Branson museums will not be left behind as they roll out their new exhibits and collections. When you have all these in one place, what else would you need to have that perfect vacation?

For everything to fall into place, you would also need the perfect lodging pace in Branson. Choose one that is situated right in the heart of Branson so you can have unlimited entertainment, anytime you want it. Choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Located within the vicinity of the Highway 76, Branson’s entertainment district, Thousand Hills has several lodging options for you. Say goodbye to renting multiple hotel rooms and spending big bucks for your vacation as Thousand Hills has budget-friendly options for the whole family. One of Thousand Hills’ most popular lodging choice is the Branson log cabin. These Branson log cabins are situated within the woods of the Ozarks to give you a very relaxing ambiance as you take a rest after a long day. The cabins also have a rustic façade that matches well with its modern interior.

Your rental of a Branson log cabin entitles you to top-of-the-line amenities to make you feel comfortable all throughout your stay. You have access to the swimming pool. Aside from this, you also get to have cable TVs in each room, with each TV equipped with premium cable channels like HBO and ESPN. The bedrooms all have comfortable bed and luxurious linens, and the bathroom even has a Jacuzzi tub in it. For those who wants to do some home cooking for the family, the log cabin in Thousand Hills has a fully equipped kitchen for you to use. A spacious living room is also available so the whole family can do their usual bonding activities, like watching their favorite movie in the cabin’s TV and DVD player. Finally, you can share your amazing experience in Thousand Hills Golf Resort with the free wireless internet in the cabin.

These are the things you need for a fun vacation with the family in Branson. Make your move now and reserve your own Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills now. Call 1-877-262-0430 for inquiries and reservations. 

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Try a Branson Condo For Your Summer Vacation

It is no secret that Branson, Missouri, is a super place to have your summer vacation. It has some of everything – music, food, lakes, hiking, shows, shopping, animals – and that is just to name a few! Branson also boasts some really fantastic area lodging – you will find everything from cheap motel rooms to cabins to penthouse suites here in the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest. But you won’t find better lodging anywhere than at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! Thousand Hills offers numerous lodging options (and of course, has a superb golf course!). But one of the most popular is their condos – and here are three reasons why you should call Thousand Hills today to book a Branson condo for your summer vacation!

1-bedroom-condos-branson-kitchenLocation, Location, Location: You will quickly find that Thousand Hills condos are conveniently located in the heart of Branson – so you and your family will be close to everything! Just minutes from The Strip, you can quickly get around town to some great eat stops (Florentinas Italian Restaurant and Panera Bread are just around the corner), mini golf courses (watch for the giant dinosaur!), attractions (not far to go to find the water park at Grand Country Inn) and shopping (unique shops abound here in Branson). You are also just a few steps away from an award winning golf course when you stay in a Thousand Hills Branson condo – and the pro shop will provide you with all of your golfing needs, in the event that you didn’t remember to pack your own clubs! And while the Thousand Hills condos are set in such a dynamic location here in Branson, you don’t have to worry about traffic noise – you will find that your condo is quiet and peaceful when you are ready to rest after a day around town.

Amenities: Thousand Hills likes to make sure that their guests are as comfortable staying in a condo (or hotel room or cabin!) as they are in their own home. That is why you will get such great amenities with your Branson condo stay! Each condo comes with a fully equipped kitchen, for those nights when you want to eat in. You will also find all major appliances, like washers and dryers, and plenty of detergent. There is a television in every room in the condos, as well as cable TV and DVD players for your viewing pleasure. You will have your own private patio or deck, to enjoy those warm summer evenings, and a Jacuzzi tub, and even access to a swimming pool!

Size: Different people who vacation in Branson have different sized groups and lodging needs – and Thousand Hills delivers. You will find a Branson condo to fit any size group or family – and many condos have the option of upgrading to the Platinum Experience! The smallest condo available sleeps two and prices start at $95 per night. The largest condo available can sleep twelve, and prices start at $341 per night.

These are not the only reason to stay in a Branson condo – but you will just have to book one for your summer vacation and experience it for yourself!

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Thousand Hills Condos Near the Heart of it All

Sometimes luxuries are hard to find, but in Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has the perfect condos for your vacation. Condos are ideal for families or groups of any size. Couples might enjoy a one-bedroom Jacuzzi suite, while larger families would be more comfortable in a two or three bedroom condo. Plus, all Thousand Hills condo options have views of the Ozark scenery. What’s not to love?

Thousand Hills offers multiple sizes and types of condos. From suites to large townhouses, you can always find something to fit your budget. All of the condos have great views, including the rustic woodlands of the mountains and the lush greens and fairways of the Thousand Hills golf course. The great part about these luxury condos is that the location is well away from the street noise, yet close enough to Branson for you to enjoy the city. Shows and attractions are within minutes your condo.

2-bedroom-branson-condosIn addition to condos in the heart of Branson, Thousand Hills also offers condos that are right on the beautiful Table Rock Lake. The two and three bedroom condos at the Majestic are perfect for you if you like to have fun in the sun in the summer. Just a stone’s throw from Table Rock Dam, the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center, State Park Marina, and Moonshine Beach, you can have a great day swimming, fishing, or boating before heading into town for a show in the evening. The Majestic even has its own private boat dock for your convenience, as well as plenty of trailer parking.

But you don’t have to leave Thousand Hills to have a fun, relaxing getaway. With many indoor and outdoor pools, a full exercise facility, free Wi-Fi, and televisions with DVD players and cable, you can stay in comfortably. Plus, all condos have washers and dryers, private patios, Whirpool Jacuzzi’s, and spacious living rooms to help make your stay extra comfortable. Condos range in size from queen suites to five bedroom townhouses and prices range from $74 to $524 per night. Queen suites can accommodate up to three people, while five bedroom townhouses can accommodate up to 12 people. Some condos are eligible for Thousand Hills’ Platinum Experience package, which gives you discounted rates and complimentary tickets to some of Branson’s best shows. You can also get free savings vouchers for Tanger Outlet Mall, which means you get extra shopping savings when you make your reservations for a Branson condo.

So what are you waiting for? Your vacation can be an amazing one, so make your condo reservations today by visiting thousandhills.com or calling 1-877-262-0430.

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