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Richmond State School
Richmond State School for mentally retarded therapeutic riding center was built in 2000. The 63,000-square-foot center is located on the 242 acre campus at 2100 Preston just off Highway 90A in Richmond. It is the largest unit of its kind in the Southwest.
The $1.5 million project involves architecture by Robert Husmann & Associates and contract work by Ed McMahon Interests. Ed McMahon also acted as project and construction manager, drawing on his experience in residential, commercial and specialty building and in construction of barns and ranch buildings.
Physically and mentally handicapped people will receive physical or occupational therapy on horseback to improve gross motor function, posture and balance.
Wheelchair patients will be among those able to saddle and ride horses, using hydraulic lifts and other special equipment. Plans for special education of the handicapped are being made with help from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Wheelchair patients will learn to cook in a specially designed kitchen that will also prepare the food for large barbecues. Trails for horseback riding and hay rides will be provided along with a fishing lake in a park area with large pecan trees and a view of the Brazos River.
The physical and emotional benefits of horseback riding have been known for several hundred years. The movement of the horse provides sensory stimulation to the body and brain of the rider that affects a variety of muscle groups.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Native Houstonian Ed McMahon has been involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in some manner for most of his life. During his youth, McMahon attended the Show at the Sam Houston Coliseum with his father, where he rode in the Grand Entry on a number of occasions.
He soon took his Show involvement to the next level by joining as a life member. This year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo granted more than $7 million in scholarships to 396 graduating high school seniors, who will attend 40 Texas colleges and universities in the fall.
Ed’s broad Show experience also includes volunteering on a number of committees, including Corporate Development, where he served as chairman and received the Top Sales Award for nine consecutive years; Western Art, where he helped the Show raise funds to acquire a number of bronze sculptures; and Swine Auction, where he was presented with that committee’s prestigious Head Hog Award. He was also a member of one of the teams that competed in the inaugural World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.
Ed is involved with several charitable organizations in the Houston community and elsewhere. He is a lifetime member of Citizens for Animal Protection; a director of the Western Art Museum in Kerrville, Texas; a co-founder of “Men of Distinction,” benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital; and an associate of both the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Baylor College of Medicine.